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How Kids Can Reconnect with Nature on the Playground

Canada Globe and Mail – November 23, 2012
By Dave McGinn

How Kids Can Reconnect with Nature on the Playground An earlier generation of kids may have spent all their free time playing in the woods, but in today’s world of helicopter parenting and stranger danger, letting their children do the same is unthinkable for many parents. Now, park designers and officials as well as school boards are trying to reacquaint kids with nature, not by sending them into the forest, but by creating what are called natural playgrounds. “Connecting to nature is something that’s becoming more and more important everywhere,” says Adam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds, a design and construction company based in Dundas, Ont. Mr. Bienenstock designed…
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