Connecting Children with Nature

ACA and NRPA Course

Description and Learner Outcomes:

Developed in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, this course explores the causes of “nature-deficit disorder” and strategies for exposing children to authentic nature-based experiences. National leaders and initiatives in the movement to connect children and nature are highlighted.

Upon completing this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify why children need to develop a stronger relationship with nature;
  • Recognize the health problems caused by failure to spend time outdoors;
  • Discuss how we as a society arrived at this problem;
  • Describe the health benefits of playing outside;
  • Illustrate what different groups and organizations are doing to combat this situation;
  • Explain how youth development professionals are working to foster future environmental stewards; and
  • Identify resources and best practices for ways that professionals and citizens can get involved.

The development of this course was generously supported by the Lilly Endowment Inc.

Length: 3 hours

CEUs: 0.3

ACA CECs: 3.0

Price:  $75 per person (no group pricing)

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Core Competencies: 
Nature and Environment
Tags: nature