Connecting with nature
When children spend time exploring nature, whether in a local park, creek, backyard or within school grounds, they gain a multitude of physical, cognitive and social benefits:
As children observe, reflect, record, and share nature’s patterns and rhythms, they are participating in a process that promotes scientific and ecological awareness, problem solving and creativity.
- Deb Matthews Hensley, 1999, Early childhood consultant
Time spent in nature can be categorised into two components: structured and unstructured.
- Structured time is characterised by a set way to do things, such as monitoring and field trips. NRM Education provides a broad suite of resources to encourage students to engage with the natural world.
- Unstructured time is self-guided and fosters imaginative and creative interactions.
An understanding and appreciation of nature is critical in helping us develop a meaningful connection and desire to protect it.
The following activities can be used on school camps or field trips, at the beginning of a unit of work, or during play time to engage students with their natural world.
Available to borrow
- Connecting with nature kit
Items to engage the five senses of touch, taste, sound, sight and smell.
Refer to related links below for more resources.