In recent years, a new nature movement has emerged that includes traditional conservation and sustainability, but gives special attention to the right of every child to the benefits that nature brings to children’s physical and mental health and their ability to learn and create. This movement is based on a growing body of scientific evidence that points in the same direction: there are many physical and mental benefits from being outdoors and we also know there is a deficit of a nature connection, for all ages. In this presentation, Tara Muenz, conservation ecologist and Assistant Director of Education at the Stroud Center, will review the scientific literature of the benefits of nature, share resources that every EE provider should have in their toolkit about this topic, and example activities of nurturing nature connections in your programming. Additionally, she will share her personal journey in developing a friendship with the earth that has helped her to heal on many levels and guide you into practices to nourish your own relationship with the planet.
Free for members, $5 for nonmembers
Zoom link will be shared the day before the event.