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How do I get my teenager off the phone or IM and outside?

  • Make nature the backdrop, the set for the social scene.
  • Vary the activities to make being outside new and interesting.
  • Let your teen plan and take ownership of some of the family and peer activities.
  • Have your teen go with a good friend to a nature-based summer camp.
  • Teen girls love to keep journals. Use journaling to help reflect on walks outdoors.
  • Plan some backyard campouts for your teen and his or her friends.

Source: Ann Regn “Nature Activities for Middle School Girls”