Reconnecting Children with Nature

Reconnecting Children with Nature

From the National AfterSchool Association…

Theory and research evidence support the common-sense notion that children and youth need nature, and nature needs them. Spending time outdoors, specifically in natural environments (woods, lakes, rivers, beaches, naturalized school grounds, parks and trails), is associated with positive health, mental health, educational and social-emotional learning outcomes. In addition, children who spend meaningful time playing and learning in nature develop a love for the natural world that translates into conservation behaviors and an adult stewardship ethic.

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