Incorporating nature as an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning
The Acorn School is in the process of creating two Nature Explore Outdoor Classrooms at Wilderness Early Learning Center with support from our generous community. Phase One of the Preschool and Infant/Toddler playgrounds is complete. These outdoor classrooms will impact hundreds of children over the ensuing years. And this classroom will also serve as a demonstration to inspire other schools and programs to integrate nature into children’s daily learning. Together, we can help children develop strong connections with nature that will make a difference in their learning and in their lives for years to come.
Researchers note that, for most of human existence, children have spent much of their childhood in outdoor environments where they interacted with nature regularly. Today, we find that youth are less connected with nature than ever before, and with significant consequences to their understanding of the world and their intellectual and developmental well-being.
For more information about Nature Explore, visit http://www.natureexplore.org/