Why is it important for children to bond with nature?
According to a study conducted by North Carolina State University’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management, solitary activities like fishing, hunting or exploring outside are key to building strong bonds between children and nature. The study, published in the Journal of Environmental Education, found that current generations may be less connected to nature than previous generations. Researchers recommend that “spending time in nature can counter this disconnect, particularly among children.”
Hunting butterflies, picking strawberries, reading a new book: what adventures will you and your little ones seek before summer ends? Create great memories that will last a lifetime.
- Discover new adventures by visiting the MFE Events Page.
- Take your little ones fishing before summer ends. Get 11 Tips to Hook Children on Fishing.
- Seek adventure at one of Maryland’s state parks! Take your children swimming, biking or hiking.
- Share photos or videos of your outdoor adventures with @MDEngageEarly using the Hashtag #SeekOutdoorAdventures.
Here are eight ways for families to engage children in nature:
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