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Friday, September 27, 2013
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Ken Finch on Restoring the Nature of Childhood

"Restoring the Nature of Childhood," a presentation by Ken Finch, Founder and President, Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood. Part of the Explorer Lecture Series at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

When most of us recall our favorite memories of childhood play, we think of time spent outdoors climbing trees and exploring woods and streams. To us it was just good fun, but today we know that it was so much more. Frequent, unstructured childhood play in natural settings sets the stage for life-long conservation values and supports the full spectrum of child development: creative, social, emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual. Yet, "nature play" is vanishing from American childhoods, creating a looming crisis for the conservation movement and depriving our children of some of the best joys of growing up. Finch will consider the implications of the loss of nature play and share examples of what is being done across the country to address this challenge using data, anecdotes and thematic cartoons bringing humor and thoughtfulness to this important topic.

Co-sponsored by the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes.

Cleveland Museum of Natural History
1 Wade Oval
Cleveland, OH

More information: http://www.cmnh.org/site/ClassesandPrograms/Lectures/ExplorerSeries.aspx

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