Environmental Education, Workshops and Presentations
Children’s view of nature is increasingly distant, abstract, and utilitarian. However affluent, their lives are impoverished by diminishing contact with nature. Their imaginations, simulated by television and computers, are being impoverished ecologically, socially, and spiritually.
Professor David W. Orr, Environmental Studies
and Politics, Oberlin College, Ohio
In 2009 Richard Louv published a book called 'Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder'. This made quite an impact in the UK. The author argued that lack of contact with the natural world is causing physical and mental harm to a whole generation of children. Since the 1970's, the distance from home that today's youngsters are allowed to play has been shown to have declined by 90% and today less than 10% of children today play in natural places such as woodlands, countryside and heaths, when compared with 40% of children 30–40 years ago.
UK research has also shown that there is also a “disparity in children’s access to high quality natural environments. All children benefit from opportunities provided by access to outdoor space but these benefits
are not equally distributed. Whilst children have universal rights and needs, poverty places severe limits upon the extent to which they can be recognised” (Thomas and Thompson, 2004). Eadha are working to secure new sites close to neighbourhoods to establish new community woodlands which will provide the local natural refuges of the future.
Eadha - Working with Young People
Eadha Enterprises can provide tailored classroom and outdoor sessions. We aim to provide meaningful and valuable outdoor experiences for children in stunning natural settings.
We have delivered a number of classroom activities at Lochwinnoch Primary School centred around the aspen. Trees have been planted in the school grounds and the children have made a video about aspen (see below). In another session, the children were informed about the folklore surrounding aspen and were then asked to write poetry drawing from what they had learnt.
Eadha Enterprises also works in partnership with Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park (CMRP) where we deliver the following field sessions:
- Tree and Wildflower Planting
- Woodland Management
Links to Projects:
Oxfam Unwrapped Project
Auchenlodment Primary School 50th Anniversary
Links to Education Packs
Links to Reports
Thomas and Thompson (2004) A Child’s Place: why
environment matters to children. London: Green