One of the favorite elements of my current role in family life is getting to work with a wide range of partners across the life span who focus on many different disciplines. This morning I had the pleasure of visiting on the phone with a naturalist I am collaborating with for a two-day workshop later in June, and as our call came to an end she cheerfully add, “Happy Earth Day!” I have to admit, I was not expecting that and it made me smile. It also reminded me that while there are many important things about childhood on our radars, we might not place as high a priority on some as we should. I have outdoor education on my radar, but never would have thought to wish someone a Happy Earth Day.
Research has long supported the idea of the importance of children experiencing nature, and only through this experience can children learn to respect and honor our earth. Research also supports the critical role that adults play in helping model and foster positive attitudes about the earth and nature in children.
Earth Day is officially celebrated April 22, but each and every day we can help build a love of our planet in children. For some ideas check out the Outdoor Explorations for Early Learners blog… or share your ideas with us at .
So in honor of all my naturalist and outdoor education friends and the valuable work they do, as well as the important work YOU do to provide outdoor experiences for children, let me wish each and every one of you a very HAPPY EARTH DAY!!