Kids living in urban settings often have many more barriers to connecting to nature. Canada’s gardening guru, Mark Cullen, shares a list of ten ways we can help all kids discover the wonders of the natural world right in their own neighborhoods and backyards.
A Ph.D. research team from Standard University surveyed 38 healthy people to evaluate how prone they were to think negative thoughts. Afterwards, they sent the participants on a 90-minute walk: half of the group to walk in nature, the other half to walk on a busy street. Learn what they discovered.
Shared Legacy Farms in Elmore, Ohio offers a new opportunity for first and second graders this summer. Farm Science Camp teaches kids about where our food comes from, including learning about the earth’s soil, plants and bugs through hands-on activities.
A preschool in Kumamoto, Japan houses a natural puddle accumulation system to collect rain water during Japan’s rainy season. Japanese architect Hibino Sekkei designed the preschool’s roof to allow rain water to accumulate and then drop into the school’s atrium so kids can interact and play with the water rather than keeping them inside.
Green Sleeves, a group of South El Monte High School students and KCETLink Youth Voices community Initiative participants in southern California, has a goal to bring back a school garden in an undeveloped lot on campus. This garden will be used to grow food for the school, and be used to educate and promote healthy eating through urban agriculture.
Early Childhood Ireland interviewed 1,700 families in 2012 and discovered children spend less time outdoors than parents did. Ciara Hinksman, the founder of Earth Force Education, wants to change that. Her organization provides nature connection experiences for children ages 5 and up.
This week’s cover of the New Yorker is inspired by the duality that children face these days: the balance of indoor and outdoor play. Chris Ware’s story emphasizes how important it is to balance technology and nature — because they are both vital to our children’s growth.
Chad Brown is a Navy veteran who suffers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Eventually he found healing in fishing and wanted to share his love of nature to help others. He now runs Soul River Runs Wild, a nonprofit that hosts educational nature trips that connects underserved youth with veterans in an outdoors mentorship program.
New research studies in Barcelona show connection between time spent near or in green places and improvements in youth cognitive development. Another Finnish study indicates time spent outdoors improves mental health, and reduces stress and muscle tension.
Fiddleheads Forest School is an outdoor preschool run by University of Washington Botanic Gardens at the Washington Park Arboretum, where school happens outdoors rain or shine. Fiddleheads Forest School is the Arboretum’s first outdoor preschool program.