Several years ago at an American Montessori Society conference, I had the pleasure to hear Richard Louv talk about children and the importance of having nature be a part of their lives. Richard has written several books that I highly recommend parents read. Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder has become a mainstay in Montessori education.
Direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional health of children and adults. We city dwellers have to think and plan to incorporate nature into children’s schedules. We are fortunate to have many natural parks in and around NYC to take advantage of. We can’t just send our children out to play, we have to accompany them. What a benefit since being in nature is good for all! And what better time than when the leaves are beginning to change in the autumn?