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Wonder Outside Whiteboard, Episode 1: Screens

Ranger Ted talks about how we can leave the screens behind and get more into nature

Screens rule our lives. 

They keep us connected in some ways but they prevent us from connecting to each other and to nature in a meaningful way.  Let’s try something fun!  Let’s leave our phones at home or in the car and take a hike.  Just an experiment and my guess is that after the panic you’re going to find that you are wondering …in a GOOD way – a lot more!  If you simply can’t do that, then try putting it on mute and not picking it up the entire time you are out exploring. 

See what happens

Great Blue Heron

See what other senses start engaging with the world around you.  And when you are done, go ahead and tweet and share and text and all that good stuff.  But then think back and maybe you’ll say, “Hmm…that was pretty fun, interesting, rewarding and relaxing.”  Then maybe…just maybe…do it again tomorrow 😉

Ted Mattison, also known as Ranger Ted, is a Certified California Naturalist, trained in Wilderness First Aid, and has explored, hiked, canoed and kayaked extensively from his home state of Minnesota to Alaska, Washington and California. He’s a graduate of Oberlin College and a former Social Studies teacher. Ted has been a working actor, director, producer and acting teacher in Los Angeles for 25 years. He is the founder of Wonder Outside with Ranger Ted and lives in Huntington Beach with his wife and two daughters. For more info please visit