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The Right To Nature
November 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
On November 23 9:30-12:30, We will discuss how meaningful time in nature with children reminds us that all children have the right to:
· Take risks
· Use their senses
· Understand where their food comes from
· Develop relationships with plants and animals
· Experience awe and wonder
· Imagine and create
· Work together outdoors
· Run and move
· Solve problems and develop relationships
Karen First, Director of Mass Audubon Ipswich River Nature Preschool, and Kris Scopinich, Director of Education at Mass Audubon, will lead a discussion on the importance of protecting children’s access to meaningful time in wild, natural places. We will think together about the impact on children’s health and well-being when those essential connections to the natural world are broken. Finally, we will share stories of advocacy efforts and environmental change makers, many of whom are children, and their work to restore a relationship of appreciation and care for the earth.
There will be opportunities to tour Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Nature Preschool classrooms and outdoor play areas. Please dress for the weather and come prepared to spend time outdoors.