TEA Presents: Our Relationship to Risk by Judy Klein
And Why Children Need to Play in the Outdoors
Judy Klein is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF-ZSFG Department of Emergency Medicine. Judy will present on the importance of connection with nature and risky play in the outdoors. Judy will explore our relationship with risk as it pertains to child brain development, nervous system development and adolescent decision making.
Judy holds a BA and BS in American Studies and Biology from Stanford University and an MD from the University of California, San Francisco. She trained in both pediatrics and emergency medicine, but her primary interest is in the importance of nature and risky play in nature to the physical and psychological health of children. She is an editor for several journals, speaks at medical conferences around the country and has authored the chapter on “Children in the Wilderness” for Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine, the seminal text for outdoor and expedition medicine. She runs nature clubs for kids and teaches wilderness medicine and survival skills to people of all ages. She is an avid mountain biker, snowboarder, backpacker, mother to an energetic 9-year-old, and lover of all things that happen deep in the wilderness.