There will be a free screening of the 2009 documentary “Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age” Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.

An official selection for Washington D.C.’s annual Environmental Film Festival, "Mother Nature’s Child" explores nature’s powerful role in children’s health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood and adolescents. The film marks a moment in time when a living generation can still recall childhoods of free play outdoors; this will not be true for most children growing up today. The effects of “nature deficit disorder” are now being noted across the country in epidemics of child obesity, attention disorders and depression.

The screening is co-sponsored by the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance Education & Outreach Committee’s Eco Education Initiatives and the Ashwood Waldorf School. A panel discussion will follow about the importance of youth connection to natural areas. For more information, call 589-3230 or visit

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or