Wilderness revival -- get outdoors now for a healthy Get hooked on nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier 2 days ago   19:43

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. A personal story of an Iraqi War Veteran growing up on the Prairie, educated in the Deep South and in the Evangelical Christian Tradition, who found peace and community in the great outdoors when he came home. Many beautiful photos of his travels throughout the world tell the story of why getting outside isn't just a nice to have, but a must have for a good life.

Stacy Bare is a climber, skier, sometimes mountaineer, rarely a surfer, and the Director of Sierra Club Outdoors, which connects 250,000 people a year to the outdoors. He received a commission as a 2LT in the US Army in 2000 and served in Bosnia and Iraq. He also worked as a civilian land mine clearance technician and is an ambassador for The North Face and Keen Shoes. He is a 2014 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year.

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Wye Explorer
Nature permeates every cell with uncorrupted energy - it dissipates the blockages and is where we find our own inspiration. A fantastic talk - with it totally!
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Get hooked on nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier Wilderness revival -- get outdoors now for a healthy 2 days ago   12:39

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As kids now spend more time with entertainment media, they're getting less and less time outdoors, despite the mental and physical health benefits. Ben Klasky, CEO of IslandWood, a 255-acre outdoor learning center, proposes a free and natural remedy to the physical problems kids face: the Great Outdoors.

Ben grew up in Minnesota where he spent lots of time outdoors. He serves as President and CEO of IslandWood, a nonprofit organization that helps tens of thousands of kids get out into nature. IslandWood's 255-acre headquarters is based on Bainbridge Island, WA, and features some of the most environmentally sustainable buildings in the world. The organization targets low-income, at-risk youth, and introduces them to roar of tree frogs, soaring bald eagles, and star-filled skies, helping them to discover natural connections with the outdoors.

He is the co-founder of Camp Galileo, which has grown into the largest set of day camps in the Bay Area; and he co-founded Board Fellows while earning his MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford. Board Fellows places business school students on nonprofit boards, and the model has been replicated at over 75 other business schools. Ben teaches a graduate class on Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs and a graduate class on Nonprofit Management.

This talk was given November 9, 2013 in Seattle at TEDxRainier, a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)