American Prairie Foundation September Newsletter

Dear Friends of the American Prairie Reserve,

Thus far in 2007 we have had more than 200 children visit the American Prairie Reserve from surrounding towns and around the country. Our hope is to steadily increase the numbers of youth visiting the Reserve annually and to become a meaningful force to help kids reconnect with nature. To our surprise, our young visitors have been less enamored with the charismatic mega-fauna, such as elk and bison, and more intrigued with the smaller prairie species that scurry, hop, jump or slither.

No matter what their favorite part of the prairie is, we are just happy to have them out on the landscape learning together and enjoying this huge natural wonder. This fall APF will be hosting our first Nature Essay Contest for students to get them writing about the outdoors and the importance it has in their lives. To use a phrase from Richard Louv’s Last Child In The Woods , we are trying to do our part to lessen the incidence of "nature deficit disorder" in today’s youth.

We hope you will become a child again yourself and come spend some time with us on the Reserve this fall. I hope to see you there soon.


Sean Gerrity
APF President

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