Nature – the sublime, the harsh, and the beautiful – offers something that the street and gated community or computer game cannot.
Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity. A child can, on a rare clear night, see the stars and perceive the infinite.
Immersion in the natural environments cuts to the chase, exposes the young directly and immediately to the very elements which humans evolved, earth, water, air and other living kin, large and small.
Without that experience, as Louise Chawla says, “we forget our place, we forget that larger fabric on which our lives depend.”
Taken from Last Child in the Woods, Richard Louv