We need to do more than provide children with opportunities to play in nature, we need to teach them how to protect it. That is the purpose of the 'No Child Left Inside' movement. Research has shown the beneficial impacts of natural learning environments on the development and well-being of children, but kids need to do more than just connect with their environment - they need to learn how to protect it for future generations. As the global push for green energy gains momentum, it is critical that we prepare the next generation of ecologically-conscious citizens to address the environment and the economy of the future.
At Searle Design Group, we have had the opportunity to work on many educational projects for all ages, such as the Wheeler Farm master plan, and hope that these spaces may inspire the next generation of environmental stewards.