Louise Chawla Program in Environmental Design, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
People and Nature, Journal Year: 2020, Volume and Issue: 2(3), P. 619 - 642

Published: Jan. 1, 2020

Within a generation, children's lives have largely moved indoors, with the loss of free-ranging exploration of the nearby natural world, even as research indicates that direct experiences of nature in childhood contribute to care for nature across the life span. In response, many conservation organizations advocate connecting children with nature, and there has been rising interest in measuring young people's connectedness with nature, understanding how it relates to their well-being and stewardship behaviour and creating programs to increase connection. This article reviews the literature on these topics, covering both quantitative and qualitative studies. It notes that this research emphasizes positive …

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