Children and Nature – Organisations
There are a growing number of organisations around the world which encourage children to spend more time outside interacting with nature. Some, like Scouts and Girl Guides, are well known around the world and have been around for many years. Others, such as Nature Play, have been formed in more recent times specifically to address the problem of children spending less time outdoors than previous generations. Some organisations have a strong focus on education for environmental sustainability and conservation. The following links will take you to these organisations who believe in strengthening the connections between children and nature.
Health Benefits of Nature – Research Papers, Articles & Books
Nature Crafts and Environmental Awareness
Health Benefits of Crafting
Other Cool Nature Art and Craft Sites
Conservation Ideas for Your Backyard
No backyard? No problem!
Community Gardens or allotments are great place to garden for those who don’t have access to their own land. Most community gardens welcome children and they often have areas specifically designed for children’s gardening and nature play. Community gardens are also a great source of materials for nature crafting – prunings, seedpods, flowers and leaves.
Children and Nature – Video
Recorded at the fabulous Ecotopia Community Gardening Conference in Sydney in 2012, during this video I talk about various activities that can be successfully carried out in a school garden, including nature crafts.