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ERIC Number: EJ1108028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: EISSN-2331-0464
The Growing Culture of Nature Play
Wood, Melody
International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, v1 n1 p41-43 2013
The importance of nature-based play has gradually become forefront in an array of research fields. From the more obvious physical benefits to the complex mental benefits, nature has proved time and time again to be the cure-all for a variety of common ailments. Richard Louv, author of the famed "Last Child in the Woods," has spawned a growing culture of activists devoted to helping their communities re-learn how to play outside. At the San Antonio Zoo, there is an entire exhibit dedicated to this very notion. Since Kronkosky's "Tiny Tot Nature Spot" opened in 2004, the Zoo has been working towards a single goal of helping families with young children "Grow with Nature." Last April, 2013, the Zoo even held a community-wide event focused solely on this purpose, called "Get Out and Play Day." Armed with the muscle of the Texas Children in Nature Network, the San Antonio Zoo brought together 15 organizations and more than 100 non-zoo volunteers from across the city that are all working towards the same goal of getting families outside. [This article was originally published in the July 2013 issue of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' "CONNECT" magazine.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas (San Antonio)
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