David Sobel, Professor Emeritus in Education at Antioch’s New England campus, was recently featured in the article “Madison Children’s Museum to lead climate change project” in the Wisconsin State Journal.
With research support from University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Madison Children’s Museum is leading a national initiative. They are employing play to provide environmental education and instill agency in children and parents through the “Caretakers of Wonder” project to better educate very young children and their parents about climate change. Sobel is an integral part of the team providing expert research for the project that will result in a new exhibit opening in 2024 that emphasizes the joy and discovery of nature through unstructured play.
“Research has found that ‘wild play,’ or unstructured time in nature, is a far more powerful way to promote environmental stewardship in young people than more structured environmental education,” said Sobel in the article.
Read the full article and learn more about Sobel and the “Caretakers of Wonder” project here.
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