Environmental education

Environmental education for children is critically important and should start even before school begins1.Early environmental education experiences help shape children's values, perspectives, and understanding of the environment and how to interact with it. Yet many children have little or no meaningful exposure to environmental education or opportunities to connect with the natural world because they are involved with activities that isolate them from it. Computers, video games, television, schools' emphasis on homework, a full after-school schedule of extracurricular activities, and a lack of access to natural areas are all factors which isolate children from the natural world. In fact, it has been shown that fostering environmental education in children is critical because it (Mitchell, 2012)2.

  • Helps them develop into responsible adults who understand and care about environmental stewardship
  • Nurtures their sense of wonder, imagination, and creativity
  • Provides them with a sense of beauty, calm, and refuge in a sometimes hectic world
  • Expands their intellectual development; it's been proven to improve test scores, grade-point averages, and problem solving skills
  • Enhances physical development and overall health
  • Helps them understand the interrelationship of all life