The Edmonton and Area Land Trust is pleased to receive a Telus Community Grant for our project Inspiring Outdoor Learning and Love for Nature.
Children today spend very little time outdoors. They have less of a connection to nature, leading to "Nature Deficit Disorder". Parents are busy, and pressured by societal views on parenting. Teachers struggle to meet curriculum expectations and classroom needs. This leaves everyone without the time, understanding or resources to meaningfully connect with nature.
If we expect future generations to care for the environment and conserve natural areas, they must understand these from a young age. Outdoor play in nature is important for child health and development, and a critical step in fostering a connection to nature and a desire to conserve.
In the coming months, we will develop a program to help kids, parents and teachers find a meaningful connection to nature, and look forward to launching this initiative in Spring 2017.