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What we can do to Save the iGeneration from Nature Deficit Disorder

  • The Waldorf School 739 Massachusetts Avenue Lexington, MA 02420 (map)

The average child spends over seven hours a day on digital screen technology, missing out on skill building activities in nature or with friends, or learning through creating free play. This creates a ‘deficit’ in their inner foundation, leaving our kids at risk for a host of mental and physical ailments that can have devastating effects on their ability to build a positive, healthy life in their future.

In this presentation, Ricardo Sierra, Co-founder and director of the Earth Mentoring Institute and of Hawk Circle Wilderness Camp in upstate New York, shares the skills, strategies and actions he’s learned through 30 years of teaching wilderness education to reconnect our youth to the natural environment. Through stories and visual imagery, Ricardo will offer a pathway that can make a difference, and inspire us all to take action with the children we care about in our own lives. After the presentation, Ricardo will take questions from participants in a community-building discussion to help support attendees in moving forward with confidence and passion.

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Ricardo Sierra

Co-founder and director of the Earth Mentoring Institute and founder of Hawk Circle Summer Camps, Ricardo has led workshops, camps, school programs and adult trainings for over 30 years. He specializes in teaching and facilitating transformative programs using the skills and philosophy of wilderness to awaken our senses and our connection to the Earth. He is also the creator of the Earth Skills Correspondence Course, The Polaris Project, an online business mentoring program and the Wolverine Way Summit.

A member of the Tracking Project's Community Mentoring Program in New Mexico, Rick is also an artist, writer, craftsperson and timber framer. He and Trista live at Hawk Circle with their son, Javier. For more information on Ricardo's work, visit his website at

Earlier Event: March 30
The Forest Mom/Forest Dad Program
Later Event: March 31
Introduction to Wilderness Survival