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Top 10 examples of connecting people with nature


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By Colleen Wearn
For EDUC 302 at Stanford University

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Top 10 examples of connecting people with nature

  1. 1. 10 Best Examples of Connecting People with Nature Colleen Wearn EDUC 302
  2. 2. ● Quality of the experience -Depth of connection -Provides perspective and meaning -Improves mindset, attitude, approach to life ● Quantity of people reached -Overall number -Reaches people at a critical point in life, or who wouldn’t access nature otherwise ● Overall metric: being on quality-quantity efficient frontier (to borrow from economics) -Offers maximum quality or quantity or excellent combo Quality Quantity Criteria
  3. 3. 1 (ordered roughly from high quantity to high quality) Inner-City Parks e.g. Central Park, NYC
  4. 4. 2 Trail networks for hiking, walking, biking, etc.
  5. 5. 3 Indoor plants and greenery
  6. 6. 4 Farmer’s Markets
  7. 7. 5 National Parks
  8. 8. 6 Outdoor Schools Education programs that give children the chance to study our environment and learn in the outdoors My favorite example: rSchool/Welcome.html
  9. 9. 7 Summer Camps
  10. 10. 8 Birdwatching groups and other avenues to connecting with animals
  11. 11. 9 Backyard gardens
  12. 12. 10 NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Month-long wilderness expeditions for students of all ages (Outward Bound is another similar example)
  13. 13. 11 (because I counted wrong initially :) The Mountain School of Milton Academy Semester program that provides high school students the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in Vermont