As part of this year’s “Contents” series of community discussions, District 191 Community Education is partnering with Children & Nature Network and the Theater of Public Policy to present “The Child-Nature Connection: The Dirt on Kids and Nature” on April 21. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the Campus Cup Café at Diamondhead Education Center, 200 W. Burnsville Pkwy.
Though sometimes hard to articulate, a growing body of research suggests that being disconnected from nature is harmful for children, leading to diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties, higher rates of emotional and physical illness, and contributes to obesity.
Sarah Milligan-Toffler, national executive director for the Children and Nature Network (C&NN), and local C&NN administrator Linda Madson will be on hand to discuss the role of nature play and education for children. Then, Theater of Public Policy will explore the idea further through improvisational comedy.