When Learning Comes Naturally

 

How can children be encouraged to make a lasting connection to nature? When Learning Comes Naturally profiles the efforts of four schools in New York, California and New Jersey to introduce children to the natural world and to involve them — through outdoor play, class activities, and their own creative work — in a process of outdoor discovery.

 

Beyond the immediate benefits to child development that come with exploration and improvisational learning, the program documents how meaningful time spent outdoors can cultivate in children a permanent caring for the natural world — a crucial ethic of environmental responsibility.