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Children and Nature an Essential Connection

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Children and Nature an Essential Connection

  1. 1. “ Children and Nature an Essential Connection”
  2. 10. “ We must be the change we wish to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
  3. 14. Vision <ul><li>To create a world where… </li></ul><ul><li>Every urban child can explore the natural world every day of every season of every year of their life </li></ul><ul><li>A mentor can share and guide the child in this adventure, building curiosity and respect for this natural world </li></ul><ul><li>They and others of all ages can come together in a kind of outdoor laboratory: an urban ecology center that educates and inspires people to understand and value nature as motivation for positive change </li></ul>
  4. 15. Mission <ul><li>The Urban Ecology Center educates and inspires people to understand and value nature as motivation for positive change, neighborhood by neighborhood. Our Environmental community Centers: </li></ul><ul><li>P rovide outdoor science education for urban youth </li></ul><ul><li>P rotect and use public natural areas, making them safe, accessible and </li></ul><ul><li>vibrant </li></ul><ul><li>P reserve and enhance these natural areas and their surrounding waters </li></ul><ul><li>P romote community by offering resources that support learning </li></ul><ul><li>volunteerism, stewardship, recreation, and camaraderie </li></ul><ul><li>P ractice and model environmentally responsible behaviors </li></ul>
  5. 16. Approach – Guiding Lenses : <ul><li>Our guiding lenses provide a way to “see” and evaluate a </li></ul><ul><li>new program, partnership or idea for the Center. We look </li></ul><ul><li>at these opportunities in seven different ways; an </li></ul><ul><li>opportunity must: </li></ul><ul><li>1) meet our vision and mission </li></ul><ul><li>2) satisfy our educational goals and rationale, </li></ul><ul><li>3) address at least one of our established issues, </li></ul><ul><li>4) be deemed financially and operationally feasible, </li></ul><ul><li>5) be judged as an environmentally sustainable decision, </li></ul><ul><li>6) engage the community to fill community needs </li></ul><ul><li>7) be fun, creative, or “cool” </li></ul>
  6. 18. <ul><li>Louise Chawla </li></ul><ul><li>Significant Life Experience </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel and Stephen Kaplan </li></ul><ul><li>Attention Restoration Theory </li></ul><ul><li>Francis Kuo </li></ul><ul><li>Crime, learning, ADD </li></ul><ul><li>Richard Louv </li></ul><ul><li>“ Last Child in the Woods” </li></ul><ul><li>… to name a few </li></ul>
  7. 19. Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP)
  8. 23. 2000 Just under 6,000 students from 12 schools launched the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project An additional 2,000 children and 3,000 adults totaled 11,000 visitors
  9. 25. 2010 Nearly 22,000 students from 43 schools participated in the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project An additional 23,000 children and 31,000 adults totaled 77,000 Visitors!
  10. 26. How to build? <ul><li>Decision making guiding lenses: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Fun Factor” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmentally responsible: “7 th Generation” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aesthetics “Neighborhood Living Room” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Program </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Economics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Politics </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 27. Fun!
  12. 28. Environmentally responsible
  13. 29. Aesthetics
  14. 30. Program
  15. 31. Economics
  16. 32. Time
  17. 33. Politics
  18. 34. If it works….
  19. 35. … replicate
  20. 38. Neighborhood Environmental Education Project for schools
  21. 39. Summer Camp
  22. 40. Outdoor Leadership: High School Training
  23. 41. Summer Interns: Adult Training
  24. 42. Teens
  25. 43. Volunteer Program
  26. 44. Stewardship
  27. 45. Festivals
  28. 46. Urban Adventures
  29. 47. Equipment Lending
  30. 48. Research
  31. 49. National Citizen-Based Monitoring Projects
  32. 50. Family and Intergenerational Programs
  33. 53. Economic and environmental plight
  34. 54. Revitalization
  35. 55. Ecological Literacy Chawla, Kaplan and Kuo Science and ecological understanding 92% students learned science or ecological concepts
  36. 56. Emotional connection: 93%
  37. 57. Taking Action 92% Community connection: 94%
  38. 58. Impacts <ul><li>Ecological literacy is developed through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge and academic success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emotional connection to nature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing one’s role in the community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Desire and ability to take action </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Crime is reduced by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Positive community engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Obesity is reduced by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Health food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exercise </li></ul></ul>
  39. 59. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT Average Weight 1960 2002 Difference Kids 6-11 63 lbs 74 lbs +11 lbs Men over 20 167 lbs 191 lbs +24 lbs Women over 20 139 lbs 163 lbs +24 lbs
  40. 60. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1985 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14%
  41. 61. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1987 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14%
  42. 62. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1989 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14%
  43. 63. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1991 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19%
  44. 64. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1993 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19%
  45. 65. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1995 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19%
  46. 66. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1997 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% ≥20%
  47. 67. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 1999 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% ≥20%
  48. 68. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2001 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% ≥25%
  49. 69. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2003 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% ≥25%
  50. 70. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2005 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
  51. 71. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2006 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2006 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
  52. 72. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2007 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2007 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
  53. 73. THE WORLD IS GETTING FAT 2008 OBESITY TRENDS IN US ADULTS 1985 - 2008 No Data <10% 10%–14% 15%–19% 20%–24% 25%–29% ≥30%
  54. 74. Healthy (and sustainable) Food
  55. 75. Exercise
  56. 76. = Healthy kids
  57. 77. Through the work that takes place at our Environmental Community Centers: <ul><li>academic achievement goes up </li></ul><ul><li>crime goes down </li></ul><ul><li>ecological literacy improves </li></ul><ul><li>land is healed </li></ul><ul><li>the community is inspired and engaged </li></ul><ul><li>health improves </li></ul>and the neighborhood wins!
  58. 83. = Lancaster County Conservancy + Urban Ecology Center
  59. 84. “ Eight year olds should not be asked to become warriors or worriers. Children have much more important work to do: Watch ants. Grow flowers. Dance between the raindrops. This is sacred work, and childhood needs to be preserved just as much as rain forests and wetlands.” Michael Weilbacher

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