Mary Rivkin and Nancy Rosenow responded to questions and comments during an online event from March 26–30, 2012. Read the questions and their responses below!
From its beginnings with Froebel’s “kindergarten,” the early childhood education field has emphasized the value of the outdoors for young children. Nature exploration supports young children’s curiosity, discovery, and sense of wonder—promoting their growth in all developmental domains. Moreover, children tend to be happy outdoors. The newest research provides empirical evidence of cognitive and emotional gains from time in and near nature. Visit the Children and Nature Network’s website for an authoritative collection of this research. Additionally, research about the benefits of children’s connection with nature is available from Dimensions Foundation/Nature Explore.
This forum is intended to give you an opportunity to share your thoughts, needs, and questions about supporting children’s play and learning through the natural environment.
- What do you enjoy most about being outdoors with young children?
- How does your outdoor space, including the local environment, meet children’s unique needs?
- How have you used ideas from Spotlight on Young Children and Nature?
- What additional information and resources do you need to provide outdoor experiences that promote young children’s development?
We look forward to sharing our knowledge and learning about your work on behalf of young children and their families.