Nature and Schools

The future will belong to the nature-smart – those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.”  – Richard Louv

In this video Richard and Izzy from Plunkett Street Primary School NSW ask Richard Louv about his ideas on nature education for young people. If you are interested there are four more short videos in the series: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 and Part 5. More information about Richard Louv can be found here.



Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pine-cones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets; and any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.”   – Luther Burbank 1849-1926

  • What do you think about Luther Burbank’s quote from the early 20th Century?
  • Do you think the statement that any child who has been deprived of nature is deprived of education is fair?
  • What do you think might be the meaning of such a strong statement?
  • Nature and Schools, should there be a connection?

Please add your thoughts to the discussion below.

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