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Nature Play Programs: Outdoor Education for Children

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Outdoor Play-Based Learning. Tricia Edgar, President of Fresh Air Learning, told Decoded Science that “outside, there are not limited numbers of specific toys.” She explains that nature contains many loose parts, such as ...

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Prescription for Play - YouTube

Dr. Ken Ginsburg, pediatrician at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and author of Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wing...
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Listen to what the doctors say about being outdoors and playing!

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Last Child in the Woods

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"I like to play indoors better 'cause that's where all the electrical outlets are," reports a fourth-grader. Never before in history have children been so plugged in—and so out of touch with the natural world. In this groundbreaking new work, child advocacy expert Richard Louv directly links the lack of nature in the lives of today's wired generation—he calls it nature deficit—to some of the most disturbing childhood trends, such as rises in obesity, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and depression. Some startling facts: By the 1990s the radius around the home where children were allowed to roam on their own had shrunk to a ninth of what it had been in 1970. Today, average eight-year-olds are better able to identify cartoon characters than native species, such as beetles and oak trees, in their own community. The rate at which doctors prescribe antidepressants to children has doubled in the last five years, and recent studies show that too much computer use spells trouble for the developing mind. Nature-deficit disorder is not a medical condition; it is a description of the human costs of alienation from nature. This alienation damages children and shapes adults, families, and communities. There are solutions, though, and they're right in our own backyards. Last child in the Woods is the first book to bring together cutting-edge research showing that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development—physical, emotional, and spiritual. What's more, nature is a potent therapy for depression, obesity, and ADD. Environment-based education dramatically improves standardized test scores and grade point averages and develops skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision making. Even creativity is stimulated by childhood experiences in nature. Yet sending kids outside to play is increasingly difficult. Computers, television, and video games compete for their time, of course, but it's also our fears of traffic, strangers, even virus-carrying mosquitoes—fears the media exploit—that keep children indoors. Meanwhile, schools assign more and more homework, and there is less and less access to natural areas. Parents have the power to ensure that their daughter or son will not be the "last child in the woods," and this book is the first step toward that nature-child reunion.
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A copy of The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv offers insight into the value of time spent in nature.

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Let the Children Play: A great article that stresses the importance of outdoor learning in the early years

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A Conversation with Richard Louv - YouTube

DUC's video interview with bestselling author Richard Louv explores his take on the transformative power of nature.
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The author of "The Last Child in the Woods"- Richard Louv

 

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Hanifl Centre For Outdoor Educaton And Environmental Study's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:51 AM

We are so lucky to be in the midst of nature - in  foothills of the Indian Himalayas.

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The Importance of Outdoor Play - Let's Talk - Part 1 - YouTube

Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before. "Let's Talk" is a new online talk show asking QUESTIONS, getting ANSWERS so that YOU can take ACTI...
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She covers reason's why children are spending less time outdoors and the research as to why outdoor learning is best

 

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The reciprocal relationship between children and nature: Children need nature. Nature needs children.

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ELI_Pilot-Approaches_to_Learning.pdf

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Discover how children learn outdoors through visual images

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Mother Nature's Child - KLEFF2013 Official Selection - YouTube

Mother Nature's Child explores nature's powerful role in children's health and development through the experience of toddlers, children in middle childhood a...
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Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development - CBC.ca

Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development - CBC.ca | Outdoor Learning | Scoop.it
Lack of outdoor play said to hurt children's development
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We're talking about free unstructured play out of doors," said Sharon Sheshlia, a health and physical education consultant for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

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How outdoor education = high performing students

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Nature Deficit Disorder - KQED QUEST - YouTube

A growing number of children's advocates and political leaders are worried that our culture's disconnection from nature is harming kids. Concerns about the l...
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Nature Deficit Disorder is curable! Find out how to cure this rapidly growing disorder!

 

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The benefits of connecting children with the outdoors

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