YOUR FAMILY’S GUIDE TO EXPLORING OUR NATIONAL PARKS

Whether the idea of taking your children out into nature fills you with a sense of excited anticipation or nervous dread, one thing is certain – today, more than ever, we are well aware of the benefits of childhood contact with nature.

LINKING THEORY AND CHILDRENS’ EXPERIENCE

Researchers have been examining the different ways that contact with nature can contribute to the health and well-being of children. The role that nature plays in children acquiring an appreciation of the environment has been highlighted, and how it leads to developing the ability to feel and express concern for other species.

This concept is explored further in an article that links the theory with the reality of children’s experiences. Read the article, including interviews with two children, aged 9 and 6 years of age, to gain a child’s perspective on why national parks are important.