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Catalina Island Conservancy

The Antidote for Nature Deficit Disorder

Do you remember a time when you would run outside during a storm and splash in the rain puddles? Or when you went to the lake with your dad or mom, threw a fishing line into the water, and endlessly waited for a fish to bite? Or lying on the hood of a car on a warm, moonless summer night, looking at the stars and constellations, waiting to spy the one-in-a-million shooting star that would fill you with awe?

Many of us enjoyed these marvels of nature when we were kids; it was a time before iPhones, Wii, Facebook or Twitter. Today, we give our thumbs more of a workout on our cell phone than we give our legs and arms outdoors.

Click here first, before heading outside!

Photos by Conservancy Staff and Volunteers

Story by Carlos de la Rosa,
Chief Conservation Officer, Catalina Island Conservancy