Kids who experience nature’s mystery and beauty will grow up caring about protecting it.
Being attentive to life helps us better understand and act on the understanding that we are all interconnected and embedded in and indebted to the Earth.
Most children are curious explorers, so you don’t need to do much to cultivate their nature connection — just take them outside (rain or shine) and get out of their way!
E.g. mason jar with air holes in the lid
Dip net and pail
To explore tide pools, streams and ponds
Why do we need Vitamin “N” (for “nature”)?
Let’s stop treating time outdoors like it’s dessert, something only to indulge in once in a while.
Studies show time enjoying the natural world (even a view of nature out a window or a picture) can:
- Reduce obesity, stress and the incidence of clinical depression.
- Decrease blood sugar.
- Improve impulse control and boost immune function.
- Improve cognitive function, self-discipline and resilience under stress.
- Improve workplace performance and job satisfaction.
- Improve academic performance in children (boosts creativity, curiosity and concentration).
- Moderate the effect of stressful events in children.
- Make people more generous.
- Build a strong sense of community, mutual trust and a willingness to help others.
- Lower rates of aggression, including violent and property crimes.
- Combat loneliness.
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