Renature offers experiential Nature Connection programs for children from 6 to 12 and for teenagers from 13 to 17 years of age that aim to develop their social, psychological, academic and physical health and contribute to a balanced development of children of the 21st Century.

Experiences and programs take place in Forests, Natural Parks and Public Gardens and are designed to support the development of intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual and physical skills like:

  • – Creativity, Imagination and Problem solving skills
  • – Capacity to concentrate and focus
  • – Free and unstructured play in the outdoors to enhance social skills like cooperation and group dynamics
  • – Silence and active listening
  • – Peace, self control and self discipline
  • – Intuition
  • – Communication
  • – Sense of Belonging
Our programs are designed to support the innate capacity that children and young adults have to feel the world by facilitating motor, cognitive and sensory experiences in natural settings.

“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health.”

 

Richard Louv

Our School Programs

FOREST DAYS

These are unique 3 hour sessions that aim to work on different skills:

I AM A FRIEND TO MY FRIENDS
– In this program we work on Conflict Resolution, Cooperation, Communication and Sense of belonging

I AM AN EXPLORER AND I ATTAIN
Here we work on motor development, intuition, creativity and imagination, concentration and focus

I AM FORM NATURE
Here we offer a deepening in silence, active listening, self-regulation and a multisensory experience.

YOUR FOREST

These are programs that are designed with the teachers to meet the children’s needs in any given moment.

3 HOUR SESSIONS
Unique session to work on specific skills

REGULAR SESSIONS
One 3 hour session every week over a period of 7 to 10 weeks.

CONTACT HERE for programs designed specifically for your students and teachers.

Richard Louv, the founder of the Children & Nature network, writer and investigator of the relationship of children with the natural world in the context of modern day life speaks of Nature Deficit Disorder that results from:

  • – Less unstructured play time
  • – More directed play
  • – Less time outdoors
  • – More time spent in the Digital World
  • – Less use of all the senses
READ HERE about the Benefits of Connecting Children with Nature

Nature Connection is Fundamental for Human Health

Nature Connection as a balance for Child Development

The Portuguese pediatrician Mário Cordeiro speaks also of the importance of Nature Connection as a balance for the current lifestyle children have. In an interview to Jornal I in Portugal he says:

“Screen dependency, sedentary lifestyle, isolation and the transformation of social relationships in Facebook pages are a shame; not only because of the physical impact, but primarily because of the dehumanization of children, and for the increase in the separation between the human being and nature and the outside world. ”

He adds that:

“Playing outside greatly helps the decrease of infections, to strengthen the immune system and psychological autonomy. It helps to grow in all senses, whereas being all the time at home, stuck in a bunker, weakens and promotes regression, even at an intellectual level.”

Read Mário Carneiro HERE

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