Childhood and nature: a survey on changing relationships with nature across generations

This 2009 survey shows that the vast majority of our school children are rapidly losing their connection with their local natural environments, particularly children from urban environments. Findings suggest that:

  • Children today spend less time in natural places, and enjoy less unsupervised natural play than previous generations.
  • Most children would like to spend more time playing unsupervised in natural places, and most parents would like them to be able to.
  • If children are able to experience nature, they care about it and want to conserve it.

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