I teach & coach men & women who are willing to develop their inner nature (their "Inner Oomph") to make an enormous, positive contribution to the world. My desire is to re-connect children & adults to their true nature. Experiences in nature are a gateway to that connection. My goal is for children - & adults - to have authentic, direct and unstructured experiences in nature on a daily basis! I am developing a spectrum of practices that will help educators, parents, other adults & teens to strategically create, plan & carry out those experiences of being intimately connected with nature.... so we can connect our children to the natural world, to themselves, to us, and to the entire planet. If we do NOT make a living relationship with nature, all is lost. If we do not take concerted action to that relationship, we will always regret it. Children are already increasingly divorced from nature. And if we do not reconnect ourselves and them, we will lose our souls & our consciousness. Future generations will suffer from our failure, because the world as we know it will end.
Hi Ann: Summit Street School is a public elementary school k-3. It's located on Summit Street in Essex Junction; the playground can also be accessed from behind on School St and is walkable from the five corners and the Brownell Library. Have a look-- but it's
not so pretty right now. I'll be happy to hear your comments and suggestions! Burlington is a great city. Does your son enjoy living there?
Anne, I'm going to turn this "Natural Teachers Network 2010" group off and move to the new one. Can you copy and post your comment there as well? Had no idea that folks would be signing in and signing up so quickly.
I saw your message about needing research that supports the mental health benefits of spending time in nature. The CNN website has a ton of useful research, collected into 4 volumes. I'm sure you'll find what you need! Good luck!
I do a lot of literature reviews in my role as an evaluator/researcher/consultant for museums and other places of informal learning, so I had the references handy (and had even incorporated two of them into a report I'm working on). So, I'm glad I could help your work, as well!
There is also the the Human Environment Research Laboratory at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has produced a number of studies on the important roles that living vegetation plays in the lives of residents in urban settings, contributing to the healthy development of children (Taylor et al, 1998) and even ameliorating attention deficit symptoms in children diagnosed with ADD (Taylor et al, 2001).
Taylor, A. F., Wiley, A., Kuo, F. E., & Sullivan, W. C. (1998). Growing up in the inner city: Green spaces as places to grow. Environment and Behavior, 30(1), 3-27.
Taylor, A. F., Kuo, F. E., & Sullivan, W. C. (2001). Coping with ADD: The surprising connection to green play settings. Environment and Behavior, 33(1), 54-77.
Hi Ann! Welcome to C&NN Connect. It sounds like you're doing some really interesting things, with great, laudable goals. I will look forward to learning more about your activities and passions as you make yourself at home on the network.