This is a site that has fantastic outdoor programs for children.
How do we ensure that those that come after us have the connection with nature that is needed to care about it?
The black mirror effect. When you have run out of things to search for on your devise and you are simply left with that reflection of yourself on the empty screen. This is a sign. Go outside.
A great YouTube video on Nature Deficit Disorder
The video below dives into the disconnect between children and nature. This disconnect has been coined Nature Deficit Disorder. https://youtu.be/wsIYWEodnz0
A link to my E-portfolio
Forest Bathing in Japan
Below is a link to the Bachelors Degree Online website blog post that has a list of 11 proven benefits that learning outdoors is a natural setting can bring to a learner. Not only is outdoor learning helpful academically but has positive effects on overall behavior and stress levels.
Place Based Learning in Oregon
TEDxVictoria Nature Kindergarten
How do we make it grow?
My professional development has focused on broadening my knowledge on the effects of children spending less time in nature and the health concerns that stem from this disconnect. Also, how we can mitigate this disconnect between today’s youth and nature in order to foster a need in children to protect what they have left of the natural world. With the resent explosion of smartphones, social media and computer based technology, people in general have begun to spend a lot less time in the “real world” and a lot more time in a “digital one”. If we can engage children in nature we can make sure that their generation will be healthier physically and mentally and act as environmental stewards.