Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Wisdom of One Place

Photo: child in water © Ashley Turner
This is a good article by Fred First from the Children and Nature Network.

"My brief return to the biology classroom in 2005 after a 17-year absence brought a shocking revelation: the outdoors was an alien and unknown place to my students.

Out of 120 on field trips near campus along Virginia’s New River that semester, only one student could call one of some 50 observed living things by name: poison ivy. Everything else—birds and bushes, wildflowers and vines, insects and fungi—were anonymous strangers. 

That revelation disturbed me. What would become of this place if future generations were so out of touch with the natural world?"  -  Read the full article by Fred First here.