Because of society’s emphasis on new technology, daily outdoor play for many children has become a part of the past. Most children spend only 1% of their time outdoors. Our children's access and opportunities to play in natural spaces has severely decreased over the past decade. Studies have proven that the more time children are “plugged in” their health and social skills begin to suffer. It is now time for us as a community to work together with our schools to take action.
Why is it important for every child’s education to include play and hands-on activities in nature? What is the significance of outdoor play for children with learning deficiencies? How do teachers find the resources needed to make connections between classroom instruction and real world experiences?
My name is Hales Parcells and I am a student at the University of Virginia, studying Environmental Sciences. I have been passionate about the ocean ever since I was a little girl playing on the beach. I spend a lot of time studying the mysteries of the ocean and the more I learn, the more I am aware of all of the harm that we humans can cause.
I met an incredible group of young people this summer. Area middle and high school students and students from The Faison School for Autism who were toiling in the summer heat at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. They were helping to plant and harvest almost 10,000 lbs of fresh vegetables to feed children and the elderly.
Where can you be surrounded by hundreds of exotic butterflies this summer? Join teacher Kim Farren and her four and five year old Millwood School students as they experience Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s Butterflies LIVE! exhibit. Ms. Farren recently brought her students to Butterflies LIVE! to experience butterflies up close as a part of their study of insects.
Turn off the TV. Stop the video games. Forget the twittering bells and whistles, and get outside and play!
Have you heard that recently? It’s not a bad idea. Deep Run High School teacher Tee Clarkson knows why. He grew up learning to fish with his Dad and in the process gained a lifetime “love of the environment” -- a love that will outlast any indoor digital goody you can think of.
What do you know about the Wood Thrush? Do you know this small bird has one of the most beautiful songs of any North American bird? Do you know how to imitate the Wood Thrush’s flute-like two note trill that sounds like a yodel? Do you know why the Wood Thrush is rapidly declining in numbers? Some very engaging students at Lucille M. Brown Middle School in the City of Richmond certainly do and they intend to involve us all in Saving the Wood Thrush.
R3 reminds you to follow the 3 R’s--Reduce, Reuse and Recycle! R3 is Central Virginia Waste Management Authority’s (CVWMA) recycling mascot and CVWMA is Central Virginia’s Recycling Authority. Many communities throughout Virginia and the U.S. have recycling programs in place. But, recycling is just one part of the equation. Reducing, reusing and recycling go hand in hand to help us all improve our environment.
Watch the video to find out what you can do to follow the 3 R’s.