Nature as a Classroom

Kids in nature

The sun is shining today and it looks like, just maybe, spring is around the corner over here (although I am still fine with snow, as long as it's on the mountain). I thought I would share something, now that the weather may be warming up soon...

Whenever my kids start becoming irritable, it's amazing how getting outdoors can instantly change their perspective. All of a sudden, there's a new world to explore with different elements and challenges from what they might have been experiencing before. At the end, they always come away in a better headspace, filled with a new energy and interest in life.

I really believe that it's important for kids to develop a love for nature at an early age. As they grow older, they will remember those positive experiences and want to return to that particular state of mind. While I try to expose my kids to nature myself, my son was fortunate to have had this kind of experience within his school curriculum as well.

As part of a pilot project with his kindergarten class, he was able to participate in a "Forest School" program which included full days out of the classroom, immersed in a natural curriculum. My wife and I were lucky to be able to participate in this as well and both felt that this was such a beneficial experience for everyone.

It turns out that there are more programs of this type...I'm sure you have heard of the
David Suzuki Foundation? It has been around for many years and has been emphasizing this type of education as well. They have recently come up with a similar type of program, which is designed for anyone - teachers, caregivers, parents, grandparents,'s literally something that can be done in your own backyard!

Feel free to visit the link below for more information, as well as their downloadable
"Nature as a Classroom" guide. In today's age, it's more important than ever to establish a solid foundation with nature in our kids. So they can continue to be happy, healthy, and in harmony with their world...

Nature as a Classroom


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