Americans' connections to nature and wildlife have shifted profoundly over the last generation. American children currently devote 52 hours each week to electronic media, while spending less than 40 minutes outside. Yet new theory and evidence indicate that human physical and mental health depend on beneficial contact with nature. Rather than being a mere recreational amenity, connection with nature is a biological and cultural necessity.
The initiative comprises a series of investigations that explore the role and impact of the natural environment in contemporary American society, and its distribution across age, race and class sectors. The studies will include:
Investigations are underway. Results will be available in 2016.
The principal Investigators of Nature of Americans research are Dr. Stephen R. Kellert and David J. Case.
Dr. Kellert is Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a leader and pioneer in the theory and science of human relationships to nature and wildlife. Dave Case is the founder of DJ Case and Associates, and a leading practitioner in the field of human dimensions of wildlife and natural resource management.
Dr. Stephen Kellert
Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar
School of Forestry & Environmental Studies
57 Edgehill Road
New Haven, CT 06511