DARIEN, Conn. -- The Darien Library is set to host a special screening of the documentary "Mother Nature's Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age" on Thursday, Jan. 30.
The 2011 documentary "explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents," a press release said. The screening is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Darien Library at 1441 Post Road in Darien.
"The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today," a press release said. "The effects of 'nature deficit disorder' are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders, and depression."
The film screening will be followed by a brief discussion led by Stephen R. Kellert, Tweedy Ordway professor emeritus of social ecology and senior research scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This program is co-sponsored by the Darien Land Trust, the Darien Nature Center and the Greenwich Audubon.