Darla Steiner

Helping Kids Connect With Nature

This article discusses how children are spending less time playing outside in nature. It cites supporting evidence showing that outdoor play improves children’s overall health, cognitive development, and their connection to and care for nature. It describes how our preschool has made a commitment to helping children engage with nature through our Nature Classroom and through scheduling ample time in the program day for outdoor play, and it also offers some quick and easy ideas for how families can help their children get outside and appreciate nature.