Connecting Children to Nature - Easier Said Than Done?!
Much has been written about children’s disconnect to nature and the implications for the child, society and the environment moving forward. Designed natural learning (and play) sites on school grounds and community parks is one of the solutions currently in vogue. This presentation explores key dimensions that need to be vetted if expected environmental literacies are to be achieved through this type of initiative. The discussion includes a look at more suitable, contemporary developmental approaches, program options, design and design ideas, policy, and operations.
Presentation from the 2013 Alberta Recreation and Parks Association Annual Conference and Energize Workshop