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Connecting to the Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and Channel Island watersheds ...

 

Hello and Welcome!

 

The Santa Barbara, Santa Ynez and Channel Island watersheds form a hidden corner in greater southern California. This website provides you with an exciting way to educate your class, youth group or family in local environmental matters and natural history, and to connect them to these amazing places. A digital portal to the region, in it you will find trails paired with lessons, videos and resources, environmental history and conservation insights as well as guidelines for outdoor adventure and all the where-to-go stuff.

“How do I connect to a landscape,” you ask? Consider the difference between space and place. One writer put it this way: "We turn space into place through personal experience. If space is abstract and universal, place is imbued with meaning by virtue of experiences we have had there ... " (Yi-Fu Tuan). The Hidden Corner program will turn your local space into a treasured living place.

 

Why do we want to do that? According to reliable surveys most school-aged children now spend an average of around 44 hours a week in front of a television, cell phone or computer. This not only divorces them from the natural world and its stewardship, but from healthy outdoor activity. Author Richard Louv coined the term Nature Deficit-Disorder (NDD) to describe the phenomenon.

Although not a recognized clinical condition, NDD results in reduced ability for imaginative play, anti-social behavior and a range of other health-related issues. Connecting to a local landscape in an active manner can change this trend.

Positioned to combat NDD by combining outdoor recreation, environmental education and interpretation in the Santa Ynez, Santa Barbara and Channel Island watersheds, we'd like to suggest a name for the model... Geoeducation.

Play in the Real World ...
The big picture.

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The majority of the world's people now live in cities and scientists are examining how this affects the brain. Turns out, one of the best things a parent can do for a child's education is to encourage outdoor play ...

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Nature Deficit Disorder ...
The nature of the problem.

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No longer playing out of doors, green has become screen, and Blackberry
is not a fruit. Digital media is part of today's lifestyle, but the lines
between tech-savvy and
tech-junkie are blurred ...

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Geoeducation ...
Trying to make a difference.

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Environmental education has been around since the fifties but it has never been more important. Geoeducation marries environmental education and natural history interpretation with outdoor adventure to combat NDD ...

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Where do I start ...
Making it happen.

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Hidden Corner is where we live, but it's also a corner of the digital world—this website. Offering a specific program and not just a list of trails or activities, hiddencorner.us was designed to
help counteract NDD ...

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