Why Kids Should Experience Nature

There is an interesting and informative interview on the KPBS website with Stephen Kellert, Tweedy/Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The interview is focussed on why it is important for kids to get outdoors and experience nature on a regular basis.

…We have a biologically based inclination to affiliate with natural systems and processes which became part of our capacity and ability, emotionally and intellectually and physically over time. Now, you could say that while we evolved in one context, but we live in a different one right now, and most of those characteristic, those adaptations might be what could be vestigial, that is that they were functional in the in which they evolved, but are no longer in the current environment in which we live, which is largely a built environment…

Click here to read the full interview on the KPBS website.

 

 


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