” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left”] The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.
Together we are creating a world in which every child can play, learn and grow in nature.
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In a survey of 1,000 adults and 1,000 children between the ages of five and 16 in the UK, 44% of parents said their child spent less time enjoying nature than they did as children. As part of the survey, children were asked to identify a series of pictures of animals and plants. Results showed a lack of familiarity with species such as the finding that 83% of children did not know what a bumblebee looks like.read more
A study looking at children’s attitudes toward local wildlife surveyed 2,759 children across North Carolina. Researchers observed that children thought more favorably of faraway charismatic species, such as pandas and cheetahs, than local ones. Researchers also examined whether a child’s attitudes regarding nature were influenced by where the child lived and found that all children, regardless of their neighborhood, were equally disconnected from local wildlife.read more