Documentary “Mother Nature’s Child” to be Screened in Floyd

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Unstructured play outdoors may help prevent attention disorders, child obesity and depression.
Unstructured play outdoors may help prevent attention disorders, child obesity and depression.

When our mothers told us to “Go outside and play,” they may have been onto something.  SustainFloyd  will screen the documentary “Mother Nature’s Child” at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24th at the Floyd Country Store, and the message of this award-winning film is that unstructured play outdoors may help prevent attention disorders, child obesity and depression.

Admission to the movie is $5.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and there will be freshly baked goods, coffee and tea for donations.  This event is sponsored by the Community Educational Resource Cooperative (CERC) of Floyd County.

For those who wish to stay for an interesting discussion, SustainFloyd has lined up an outstanding panel of speakers to weigh in on the film’s premise.  The participants include Dr. Linda Petrie, Board Chairman of New River Community College and retired Director of Instruction for Floyd County Schools; Peter Allen Lewis, President and Founder of Apple Ridge Farm, a Floyd County educational retreat for less fortunate children; and author/photographer Fred First, a naturalist who was teaching at Radford University in 2004 when he became concerned about “nature deficit disorder” observed in his biology students.

“A real buzz is in the air about how we can best serve Floyd’s children,” says SustainFloyd Director Mike Burton.  “From our new Superintendant to our Childhood Obesity Prevention Specialist, the community is taking a fresh look at what it means to educate youth and build upon our excellent school system and community programs.  This film drills down into a hot topic.”

 “Mother Nature’s Child” was a 2011 “Official Film Selection” of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. The documentary was co-produced by Camilla Rockwell and Wendy Conquest, who worked several years with famed documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns.

Details:

What:     SustainFloyd to screen “Mother Nature’s Child.”  Refreshments and distinguished speakers panel.

When:    Saturday, March 24th, 2012 at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Where:  Floyd Country Store, 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA.

Who:      Everyone is invited!  $5 Admission