Blog for Connecting to Nature

Little boy feeds a goose on a grassy park

This is the seventh of a series of eight discussions on principles, processes, and strategies involved in early childhood education, including environmental education. There is cultural capital in education and there is biophilia capital in education to the environment in early childhood. The habitus represents a child's environment with everything in it and this is where the genesis of child development lies.

a young student sitting at a desk wearing a white VR headset with NZ-VR on it

The ocean and marine environment face many challenges, including overfishing, pollution, temperature increases, the introduction of invasive species, and more. The BLAKE New Zealand (NZ) Virtual Reality (VR) program was launched in 2019 to connect young people with oceans and the marine environment in order to promote ocean stewardship. Read about the BLAKE NZ-VR project in this new GEEP Case Study.

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Rolland Smith shares how nature is an integral part of our being and how we are nature. That perspective helps us think that "all things are truly connected." Seeing, feeling, and knowing makes us better citizens of our world.

Two people kneeling on a sandy dune, planting dune grass
RiSC Dune Grass Planting. Photo credit: Teri Brennan

Youth-led action and nature-based solutions for climate mitigation are the focus of two programs at the National Wildlife Federation. Read how fieldwork and research are powering the students' next steps.

A group of students build black mesh cages in an indoor room.
Hayden Mock (right), a student in OysterCorps, building aquaculture cages under the guidance of Todd Bracken from Rattlesnake Cove Oyster Company (left). Photo credit: Anita Grove

Florida students participating in award-winning OysterCorps gain aquaculture literacy and career confidence as they learn about the cultural and environmental importance of oysters in their own backyard.

Scene of Coastal Camp field trip to Koheo Wetlands with four campers and one scientist.
Ornithologist Arleone Dibbin-Young assists Coastal Camp participants at the Koheo Wetlands as they explore the fragile coastal ecosystem. Photo Credit: Learning Endeavors

In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, Diana Papini Warren, Executive Director of Learning Endeavors shares how the Champions of Coastal Resilience program continues to grow in Hawaiʻi.

EE participants take time to reflect on the day's outdoor learning.
EE participants take time to reflect on the day's activities after each outdoor learning experience. Photo courtesy of Galveston Bay Foundation.

Cindy Wilems, Director of Education at Galveston Bay Foundation, talks about their EE initiatives and the ways they are building a community of coastal resilience in the face of climate change (and stronger storms!). This eeRESEARCH post is part of a series on EE practices for coastal resilience in the United States.

Photograph of tree silhouettes with a bit of sunshine peeking out

Access to nature can reduce anxiety, green schoolyards can impact students’ physical and socioemotional health, and environmental education can improve health-related quality of life. As environmental educators, we’re familiar with nature’s many gifts, including that of wellness and health. In this blog post, we’ll look specifically at how Geechee communities in Georgia supported and prioritized community health.

Leaf Pack Simulation: The Leaf Pack Simulation allows any online user to become a water quality scientist!
A Photo of the Leaf Pack Simulation. Photo Credit: David Kline
Moderator Endorsed: K-12 EE

In this eeBLUE Watershed Chronicles blog post, David Kline from Stroud™ Water Research Center, shares the unintentional outcomes of adaptive educational experiences at 21st century community learning centers.