Explorer Elementary parents had a chance to explore the garden as part of the school’s ongoing parent education class series. After taking a look at Richard Louv’s book Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder, on two Monday mornings in April, Explorer parents took some time to examine their own attitudes toward nature, their families’ reasons for getting out — or not getting out — into nature, and some resources they have found helpful in outdoor exploration. During the second week, parents headed out into the garden to try out some garden activities — making inspirational word rocks for students to discover in the garden, transplanting our overabundant poppies into pots to take home, pulling weeds, picking mint and sweet peas, and discovering caterpillars. Parents expressed an interest in starting an Outdoor Explorer’s group in which families can connect with one another for weekend hikes led by a different family each week.
Parents Explore the Garden April 29, 2009