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Plug Kids in to Nature
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June 19, 2017
Green Teacher

Originally appears in the Summer 2017 issue

Photographs: Kendra Martin

“Why are we learning outdoors?” I ask my students. “To wake up our brains”, is the loud chorus from my grade two class at Little Falls Public School near St. Mary’s, Ontario. Outdoor learning is an integral part of their daily lives. These grade two children and over 200 students from kindergarten to grade 6 come to our school prepared; dressed in layers, with water bottles, hats and splash pants. They are ready for a day of learning adventures. This preparation is as important as completing homework or remembering to bring their planner.

I started the Forest School program at Little Falls in 2013 from a seed planted in the book, Last Child in the Woods -Saving Our Children From Nature Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv1. The author talked about the absolute imperative of reconnecting children with nature in order to protect children’s personal wellbeing and to ensure that they feel connected to the natural world. I was inspired by the message and convinced by the research.


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