Outdoor Kids in an Inside World

Steven Rinella

Outdoor Kids in an Inside World



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As humans, we have an innate and instinctive love of nature, but our daily lives often prevent us from spending time outdoors. Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature explains the importance of encouraging our children to experience activities outside the home, as the happiness of feeling ‘part of a whole’ is one of the most powerful tools for growth.

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Analysis and key concepts


Biophilia is the natural sense of happiness we feel when we are in contact with nature, when we are connected to our environment, and when we feel like we are an active part of our surroundings


The real problem is not a lack of time or life in the city: what we need to do is change our habits


We need to teach children that death is a natural part of life, but sometimes words are not enough, and nature can help us in countless ways


Some say that the Gaia theory is unscientific, because it suggests that the planet survives thanks to the deep interconnectedness of everything, both living and non-living


In order to restore a child’s bond with nature, we have to focus on enjoyment, rather than a sense of duty


Hunting for meat is not for everyone, but fishing is a little easier, and foraging is really quite simple: it is important to choose the right family activity for us and our children




Take-home message

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Many useful tips to:

  • Rediscover the wonders of the outside world.
  • Explore the connection between humans and nature.
  • Teach children how to feel like they are part of their surroundings.

Steven Rinella is an American writer and journalist, and has become famous as the host of MeatEater, a TV show inspired by his hunting and fishing adventures. Rinella is passionate about encouraging our human connection with nature through outdoor living, foraging, hunting, and fishing.

Publishing house:

Random House