Outdoor Kids in an Inside World: Getting Your Family Out of the House and Radically Engaged with Nature

Random. May 2022. 208p. ISBN 9780593129661. $26. CHILD REARING
Host of the podcast and television show MeatEater and author of a number of books on hunting, survival skills, and cooking wild game, Rinella is an avid outdoorsman and a father. In an era when children spend an overwhelming majority of their time indoors, Rinella here provides a manual to bring nature into family life. During the pandemic, unsurprisingly, statistics show people clamored to get out into the outdoors and areas free of people; over ten million Americans went camping for the first time. Rinella shares ways even those in urban environments can find outdoor bliss (his first two children were born while they lived in a less than 1,000 square foot apartment in the middle of Brooklyn). Family camping trips, fishing, foraging, gardening, and exploring wildlife are some of the activities he covers. Rinella posits that hunting can be used to teach self-discipline, gardening can spark creativity, and outdoor learning can teach children to adopt a growth mindset.
VERDICT Fans of Rinella’s popular show and nature lovers will enjoy this manual to outdoor pursuits.
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