Today, children are highly exposed to nature and are well informed about the importance of nature protection. Daycares and schools offer regular trips to Zoos, museums and nature centers, and communities offer a variety of volunteer programs related to recycling or cleaning up the environment.
Of course, many parents do their part by “living green” and taking their children to parks, campsites and nature reserves.
On the other hand, I am afraid that many children (especially in urban and suburban areas) will be denied The immersion in nature that previous generations of children were able to experience. The memories of my early childhood are full of discoveries; my friends and I spent endless hours in the nearby woods, along streams and ponds or trampled in fields and farms.
Such an open Space was readily available at the time and the concern for our safety was relatively absent. On summer days and weekends throughout the year, we could disappear for hours, immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of nature; although we knew little about the science of what we discovered, our natural curiosity more than entertained us.
While our informal introduction to nature was inferior to the educational programs offered to children today, our connection with nature was more personal and perhaps more lasting. As for me, I have never left the forest of my youth and I can only hope that today’s parents will do everything possible to give their children the same experience.
Doing this will be much more difficult than for previous generations of parents; the loss of open spaces, the various distractions of modern technology and the unfortunate risks of modern society are obstacles to a child’s connection with nature.