Being outside in nature is good for you. More and more research is revealing that nature experiences are therapeutic for everyone but especially for children and the older generation. According to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, children who spend time outside exploring or simply playing show reduced symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, are more creative, learn more easily, and are physically and emotionally healthier. In his article, “Connect Your Grandkids to Nature, “ Louv points out that “a growing body of evidence also links healthy aging to outdoor experiences…” Time spent outdoors enhances joy and decreases loneliness.
Nature Walkers sees a great opportunity here – grandparents and grandchildren together in nature. We know that grandparents and grandchildren are good for each other, and we know that being in nature is good for all of us. According to the Sierra Club article “Exploring Nature with Your Grandkids,” it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Just go outside and explore – “learn something new and exciting together.”
In this section of our website, Nature Walkers hopes to offer books to read, articles to research, activities to do, and events that might bring grandparents and grandchildren together in nature.