David Sobel on Childhood and Nature

According to ANE’s David Sobel, when children have access to free play in natural areas they do the same things, around the country, and around the world. They make special places, go on adventures, develop fantasy games, go hunting and gathering, and craft small worlds. On April 7, at the Putney School in Putney, Vermont David will talk about how parents and educators can use these recurrent play patterns as design principles to help structure compelling outdoor activities with children.

David will explore how such childhood play can lead to environmental values and behaviors in adulthood. Throughout the evening, David and attendees will recollect childhood experiences, examine images of children playing, and gain insight into how parents and teachers can both bond children with the natural world while making learning more intriguing.

The talk will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Putney School’s Currier Center, Calder Auditorium. For more information, call 802-387-5364 or email [email protected] The Grammar School and the Putney School, both based in Putney, Vermont, will host this program along with Windham Child Care, of Brattleboro, Vermont.

David Sobel is a core faculty member and director of certification programs in ANE’s Department of Education. He was a co-founder of the Harrisville Children’s Center in Harrisville, New Hampshire and now serves on the editorial board of the Encounter Magazine and is the author of Children’s Special Places, Beyond Ecophobia, and Place-based Education and Mapmaking with Children. He is currently at work on two new books – one on parenting with nature and another on connecting schools, communities, and local environments.

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