Being outdoors helps children develop the curiosity that is the essence of science later in life. Time in nature helps students cultivate their independence, imagination and sense of wonder while helping them feel less stressed and more confident in themselves. That’s one reason why outdoor education and play are core components of Waldorf education.
As the world continues to become more digital and technology-driven, it’s more important than ever to ensure that children spend time outside and connect with nature. Studies have shown that time spent in nature can improve children’s physical and mental well-being and spark a lifetime of scientific curiosity.
In a recent CNN article, Professor Temple Grandin shares, “I had no idea that all the stuff I loved doing as a kid would come to inform my life’s work. I had no idea what I wanted to be when I grew up.” For Grandin and other scientists, though, playing outdoors turned out to be a life-changing opportunity. When children observe and interact with the natural world, they can develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for the complexity and beauty of the world around them.
At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we believe that children should have ample opportunity to explore and discover the natural world. We incorporate outdoor education and nature-based activities throughout the curriculum, allowing children to develop a deep understanding of their surroundings and their place within them.
Through activities such as gardening, hiking, and exploring local ecosystems, students can develop a sense of wonder and curiosity about the natural world. This not only helps them to appreciate the beauty of the world around them, but it also encourages them to think critically about the environment and their role in preserving it.
We are committed to providing children with opportunities to explore and discover the natural world. By fostering a love of nature and a curiosity about the world around them, we can help to inspire the next generation of scientists and environmental advocates.