Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 6:30 pm


General Manager, San Francisco Recreation and Parks

Co-Director, Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences

Pediatrician and Founder/Director of the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland


What does it take to get people off their phones and into the outdoors? Research has shown the deleterious effects of electronics on weight, sleep, and cognitive development in children, who in 2018 spent nearly four hours a day glued to their screens. Other barriers like income and proximity to nature make access to the outdoors extremely challenging for some families.

Meanwhile, doctors have started prescribing hikes over medications, and terms like “forest schools” and “unstructured playtime” are new buzzwords. When it comes to climate, an understanding and appreciation of the natural world is vital to comprehending the dramatic changes happening to our planet. So how do we encourage outdoor curiosity and conservation in a generation raised on screen time? Can phones and video games help facilitate engagement with nature?

Join us for a conversation with Phil Ginsburg, General Manager at San Francisco Recreation and Parks, Rebecca Johnson, Co-Director of Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences, and Nooshin Razani, Founder and Director of the Center for Nature and Health at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, on the benefits and challenges getting outdoors in an increasingly digital world.

This is the qualifying event for the 2019 Climate One Arctic Adventure Scholarship. The $8,000 scholarship will support one local high school student (2019 graduates eligible) in New York Times Student Journey to Iceland.

Click here for details and application
 | Watch a video from last year's expedition