Valentine’s Day canyon hike enjoyed

Several families from Del Mar Terraces joined canyon guide Brian Moehl and members of San Diego Canyonlands Feb. 14 to explore Crest Canyon.

The hike was inspired by the announcement that Richard Louv was to speak at Point Loma Nazarene University on Feb. 24 about his “No Child Left Inside” campaign, which aims to connect children with nature.

Many of the children on the excursion were familiar with the canyon’s flora and fauna as they frequently walk to Del Mar Heights Elementary through the Torrey Pines State Beach Reserve.

Louv’s book, “Last Child in the Woods; Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder,” pulls together a host of studies that indicate alienation from nature has profound human costs, including diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illness.

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  • Janice Barnard