Contact with Nature Helps Kids and Society
Children who are connected to the natural world
can positively shape the future. Unfortunately,
today's children are disconnected from the
outdoors. Recent studies have shown that youth,
ages 3 – 12, are spending 27 percent of their
time with electronic media and only 1 percent
outside. Spending less time outside has been
shown to be one factor that leads to a variety of
problems, such as attention difficulties, obesity,
diminished use of the senses, and disconnection
from things that are real.
Most importantly, if children are not connected
to the environment, how will they learn about,
understand, and take care of it? We know that
forests and trees provide clean air, clean water,
and wood products we use every day. And water
is important for all life on earth. Children need to
be engaged in the outdoors and environmental
issues to make these connections and to
understand the importance of being good
stewards of the earth.
Being surrounded by nature and natural items provides infinite benefits to children. Nature instills in everyone a sense of beauty and calmness. It exposes us to things that are alive and growing and promotes curiosity and exploration
A great interaction occured when the children at St, Mary's School, Nakuru, received four young visitors from the Czech republic, who had come to explore Kenya, support the children and learn about conservation in their county. One of the visitors remarked ''my dream was to visit Africa and share my love with them. Africa is beautiful and I can't wait to visit again, especially engaging with children is a wonderful experience.”
We hope you enjoyed these photos of their visit. If you are visiting Kenya and would like to meet the children, please talk to us and we can arrange for this to happen.
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We have partnered with Little Blue Dog Organization (http://www.thelittlebluedog.com) to establish a pen-pal program between schools in Kenya and in Florida. Children are excited when they receice letters from their penpals and we hope this will create lifelong friendships between both students and schools. This appears to be the case as one 4th grader from Lake Tahoe school; Hana Muller, was invited by her African Penpal to her birthday celebration! Of her Penpal, Hana says ”she sounds generous and kind in every letter”. Other students are also enjoying the Penpal program, “I like learning about their families and the animals where they live in Kenya,” said Kayla Green, “I think it is cool to talk to someone on the other side of the world,” said Sean Oliver, and “My pen pal writes really well in English, sends drawings of local animals, and sounds nice” said Auri Fernandez.