Audiences Reference for high school physical education teachers, classroom teachers, recreation leaders, and outdoor educators. Also a reference for undergraduate students in physical education, recreation, and outdoor courses and for camp and resort recreation leaders. Redmond, who has taught physical education and outdoor activities for 30 years at the community, K, and university levels, was awarded the National Award of Merit for his contribution to canoeing in Canada. He has worked in the camp system as a counselor, aquatics director, program director, and camp director.
Share via Email A child plays in woods in Yorkshire. Gary Calton Cows hibernate in winter, grey squirrels are native to this country, conkers come from oak or maybe beech, or is it fir? Or so, according to a new survey, believe between a quarter and a half of all British children.
You can't really blame them: The survey, of 2, eight-toyear-olds for the TV channel Eden, is the latest in a string of similar studies over the last couple of years: More children are now admitted to British hospitals for injuries incurred falling out of bed than falling out of trees.
Does any of this matter? In an age of cable TV, Nintendos, Facebook and YouTube, is it actually important to be able to tell catkins from cow parsley, or jackdaws from jays?
Well, it obviously can't do any harm to know a bit about the natural world beyond the screen and the front door. And if, as a result of that, you develop a love for nature, you may care something for its survival, which is probably no bad thing.
But a growing body of evidence is starting to show that it's not so much what children know about nature that's important, as what happens to them when they are in nature and not just in it, but in it by themselves, without grownups.
Respectable scientists — doctors, mental health experts, educationalists, sociologists — are beginning to suggest that when kids stop going out into the natural world to play, it can affect not just their development as individuals, but society as a whole.
But far fewer are experiencing it directly, on their own or with their friends, and that's what counts: Something "very profound" has happened to children's relationship with nature over the last couple of decades, he says, for a number of reasons.
Technology, obviously, is one: Then there's the fact that children's time is much more pressured than it once was. Spare time must be spent constructively: Except kids never did really kick their heels.
Today, parents don't even want their kids to get dirty. Blanket media coverage of the few such incidents that do occur may have contributed to this; in fact, there is a risk but it's minimal — the chance of a child being killed by a stranger in Britain is, literally, one in a million, and has been since the 70s.
On the website childrenandnature. Obesity is perhaps the most visible symptom of the lack of such play, but literally dozens of studies from around the world show regular time outdoors produces significant improvements in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning ability, creativity and mental, psychological and emotional wellbeing.
Just five minutes' "green exercise" can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem, with the greatest benefits experienced by the young, according to a study this year at the University of Essex.
Free and unstructured play in the outdoors boosts problem-solving skills, focus and self-discipline. Socially, it improves cooperation, flexibility, and self-awareness. Emotional benefits include reduced aggression and increased happiness.
Falling out of a tree is a very good lesson in risk and reward. Fewer still will involve an adult. Independent play, outdoors and far from grown-up eyes, is what we remember. As things stand, today's children will be unlikely to treasure memories like that: The picture isn't entirely bleak, though.
In the US, nature deficit disorder is big news: Louv is delivering the keynote speech at the American Academy of Pediatrics' annual conference; city parks departments are joining with local health services to prescribe "outdoor time" for problem children.My Experience on A Rainy Day gives me sweet memories.
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