• Brad

How experiencing nature benefits kids

Updated: Jun 5

Release date: April 11, 2022


In this episode, I talk with psychologist Andrew Lenartz about his research on how connecting with nature yields a variety of benefits to children and adolescents. Andy was nice enough to suggest some resources for parents, educators, and direct service providers who are looking to create outdoor experiences for the kids in their lives. Links to those and to Andy's book are below. We also answer a listener's question about the Dutch tradition of "dropping."


Biography of Andrew Lenartz


Dr. Andy Lenartz has worked for the Maricopa Community Colleges since 2005 in a variety of administrative, managerial, and faculty roles. With a primary background in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Dr. Lenartz is a reformed workplace productivity consultant currently making amends with a focus on helping individuals, families, and organizations understand the importance of a connection with nature. Dr. Lenartz is the author of South Mountain Park and Preserve: A Guide to the Trails, Plants, and Animals in Phoenix's Most Popular City Park, released in Fall 2021.



Resources


Children and Nature Network

https://www.childrenandnature.org/


"Getting kids outdoors: Combatting Nature Deficit Disorder in Arizona" in Raising Arizona Kids

https://www.raisingarizonakids.com/2019/05/getting-kids-outdoors-combatting-nature-deficit-disorder-arizona/


South Mountain Park and Preserve: A Guide to the Trails, Plants, and Animals in Phoenix's Most Popular City Park

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780826362902

https://www.amazon.com/South-Mountain-Park-Preserve-Southwest/dp/0826362907


Andy's recommendations for nature exposure


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