Get hooked on nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier



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.

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15 thoughts on “Get hooked on nature: Ben Klasky at TEDxRainier

  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    very good .. well put and said.

    " To put it as polite as possible , America , take a walk."

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    7 Hours of screen time? Stop the world I want to get off. Brilliant talk, I love getting children outdoors thank you for sharing

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Kaiser did the study, however, they require their staff and physicians to spend hours and hours at work and at home in front of a computer, entering endless data into electronic medical records (on which many of these studies are dependent. Ironic.

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Island Wood is one of the most powerfully transformative outdoor school, but getting children to walk out the back door and playing outside is the first step. 

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Loved watching this, Ben! Excellent work ~ Inspiring, compelling, and necessary. Congrats!

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    "When you're just a little bit out of your comfort zone, you're at peak learning."

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  • August 31, 2017 at 12:10 am
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    Thanks for watching my TEDx Talk regarding the need to get children outdoors for their physical and mental health.   Feel free to contact me via Twitter:@benklasky.

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