Key Benefits for Your Little Observer
Being in nature allows children to take advantage of their preexisting tendency to explore the world with their senses by feeling textures, listening to sounds, viewing changes and comparing natural phenomena. By collecting, examining, recording and questioning the world around them, children develop scientific and critical thinking skills necessary for success in the academic sciences. When spending time outdoors, children gain a deep respect for the environment since they learn to view themselves as part of a larger whole. Nature is an environment where childhood traits of curiosity and exploration can be encouraged. Where curious exploration in the home can lead to items being broken, unsafe exposure and general mess, outdoor exploration can be joyfully supported in safe outdoor environments. Gentle treatment of wildlife can also be fostered so that the child is responsible and respectful of co-existing creatures.
Key Benefit for Caregivers
Since children are predisposed to understand themselves as active participants in natural processes and are curious about the simplest scientific phenomena, they become our guides to reexamining the extraordinary happenings in our own ordinary backyards.