Early experiences with nature appear to provide the necessary foundation for any type of environmentally responsible behavior (Sobel, 2008, p. 147). For this reason Sobel recommends that nature experiences should be provided to our children. He further points out, “Too often in schools, we're trying to inject knowledge without providing the experiences that allow love to slowly take root and then flourish..One transcendent experience in nature is worth a thousand nature facts.” ( p. 12)
I am often amazed by the sense of curiosity, wonder and presence with which young children interface with life.
They continue to be some of the best teachers I know!
Sobel, D. (2008). Childhood and nature: Design principles for educators. Portland, MA: Stenhouse.