Natural Play Environments

An environment-based education movement–at all levels of education–will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.
― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

When Richard Louv published Last Child in the Woods, he responded to a growing concern about children’s experiences with their environment. Children have increasingly been tied to electronic games and sterile classroom environments, divorced from the outside world and the outdoor experiences of former generations. This concern has sparked a movement towards environmental education, galvanized by Rusty Keeler’s publication of Natural Playscapes. Watch the clip below and consider: what can children learn from playing with dirt and water?

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