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How to Raise a Wild Child


ISE is very proud to present Scott Sampson, the Denver-based dinosaur paleontologist, television-show host, science communicator and passionate advocate for connecting people with nature.

Scott's new book, available at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife booth, is How to Raise a Wild Child. This guide is aimed at helping parents, teachers and others foster a deep connection with nature in children. Sampson also wrote Dinosaur Odyssey: Fossil Threads in the Web of Life .

Scott currently serves as vice president of research and collections and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where much of his work focuses on rethinking 21st-Century cities as places where people and nature thrive.

He's perhaps best known as “Dr. Scott,” host and science advisor of the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train, produced by the Jim Henson Company.

Scott has served as the on-air host and science advisor for the four-part Discovery Channel series Dinosaur Planet, and frequently appears on national television and radio, and in newspapers and magazines, including Time Magazine, and National Geographic. He has been featured in more than a dozen documentaries, including NovaPaleoworld, and Nature Kids.

PHOTO: Kit Hedman


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The Denver sportsman expo has never offered such an enjoyable yet important presentation. Virtually all show attendees understand the value of being outside, no matter the activity. But our world is changing--and so are our families. Don't miss the opportunity to listen to Scott D Sampson, who's life is dedicated to communicating nature and the value of it in our everyday lives.

The average North American child currently spends about seven hours a day staring at screens, and mere minutes engaged in unstructured play outdoors, a dramatic transformation within the past generation. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat obesity, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in natural settings seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development.

To date, no book has offered teachers, parents, and other caregivers the necessary tools to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. Sampson's How to Raise a Wild Child is a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature, and empowering grown-ups to be strong mentors.

Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature—enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a deep sense of place along the way.