Connection to nature is important to children’s intellectual, emotional, social, physical and spiritual development. Throughout this article the connection between students and their environment becomes special. I believe that kids today are losing there connection to nature and it is up to us as educators to find ways in bringing it back into the lives of our students.
Throughout this article, reinhabitation and decolonization is provided through the bonding of elders and youth. The elders share their knowledge with the students particularly about “the river” in this article. The connection between the elders and the youth was to express the importance of re-connecting with lost traditions and culture. The elders want the youth to be proud of where they come from, they want to get back to their roots and develop to understand the significance of the social, cultural, economic, and spiritual meaning of their environment. The elders try to re-gain what has been lost and create a bond with the youth.
My experience through outdoor education has helped me to develop the importance of finding ways to connect students with nature. With becoming a Physical Education and Health teacher, I believe that it is very easy to incorporate “place” within my learning. I think developing a set time where students can go outside and find a special place to begin journaling and express their feelings in solitude would be a great way of connecting students to their environments. This can provide a mental health strategy in allowing students to write down how they feel or things that may be going on in their life. From my own personal experience, having a place can be very rewarding and relaxing. I strongly believe that it can benefit most students with their learning experience. It can create a positive learning environment for students who may not enjoy learning in a classroom!