August 13, 2016

Bad Bugs


Second to traffic, the risk of playing outside that I worry about most is the harm that can come from bugs. I’m not squeamish. I’ve held my share of roly polies and caterpillars, and I’ve rescued plenty of good spiders. The bugs I’m talking about here, of course, are ticks and mosquitoes.

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August 08, 2016

The Dangerous Outdoors

Boy Climbing Window

If it’s so good for kids to play outside, why don’t they? Here are some of the reasons school administrators, teachers, childcare providers, and parents give for limiting outdoor play time:

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August 06, 2016

First Nature-Based Preschool Opening in Arkansas

Preschools Map

Arkansas’s first nature-based preschool is scheduled to open this fall. Ferncliff Nature School offers 1,200 acres for children to explore on the grounds of Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center in Little Rock.

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July 27, 2016

Educating Children Outdoors (ECO)

Green Wagon

I’ve been reading for a while now about how important it is for children to spend time outside. This seems fairly obvious, but unfortunately kids are spending more time indoors than ever before. Elementary schools are limiting recess in order to have more time to prepare kids for standardized tests. Childcare centers are worried about liability and risk associated with play equipment. And then, of course, there’s screen time keeping kids indoors. Recently I came across a term for the movement (or one of them) that is focused on giving children more opportunities to play and learn outside – Educating Children Outdoors (ECO). If you are wondering why ECO is important, here are some of the many benefits:

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