Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Children today do not have the same connection to nature that they have had in the past. The allure of technology as entertainment paired with the list of potential dangers that haunt parents the moment a child leaves the house encourages kids to spend their free time inside. This disconnect from nature has lead to more sedentary lifestyles and the health risks that go along with it. Three elementary to higher-education teachers, and three people who lead nature based extra-curricular activities were interviewed. Both groups of educators alike agree that a child's connection to nature is extremely beneficial to academic and personal success. An application was filed to teach a nature inspired activity in the Monterey Peninsula Regional Parks District â€œLetâ€™s Go Outside!â€ guidebook in order to supplement the time that children need outside, but do not always receive. It was found that spending time in the outdoors for children is far more than just play. The health, academic, social, and community benefits show the great necessity for children to go outside.
Flynn, Danielle, "Tag, you're it! : how can we help kids explore the outdoors?" (2014). Capstone Projects (Campus-Only Access). 295.