"Children are attracted by the beauty of butterflies, but their parents and legislators deem it an idle pursuit. The parents remind me of the devil, not the children of God. Though God may have pronounced his work good, we ask. 'Is it not poisonous?'" — Henry David Thoreau, from his journal in 1859.
It's true. Children are naturally attracted to all manner of living things and delight in being outside. It's the adults who screw up this natural impulse. Sadly, too many parents and legislators are profoundly disconnected from nature's good influences. They're not bad people. They just don't know any better.