Children respond to call of the wild

A child’s contact with nature will influence health in adulthood as well as having many other long-term gains, writes Ainslie MacGibbon.

Australians relish their reputation as lovers of the great outdoors – all beach and bush – with an intimate relationship with the natural environment.

But as parents’ working lives become busier, cities become more crowded and technology takes more of a grip on our lives, many people – particularly children – are spending more and more time indoors.

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