Kevin Armitage is an assistant professor in the Western Program at Miami University of Ohio. He is the author of The Nature Study Movement: The Forgotten Popularizer of America’s Conservation Ethic. He and his daughter, Rita, like to catch salamanders.

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Have you taken a good look at American children lately? They’re pudgy. Indeed, nearly 20 percent of them are obese.1 They watch a lot of television and play a lot of video games—over seven and a half hours of electronic entertainment a day if they’re between ages 8 and 18 (infants and toddlers watch about […]

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