Yes Virginia, Plants Are Alive!

"Fewer children are in contact with the natural world than at any point in human history," said Gary Paul Nabhan, Director of Science Outreach at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. Nabhan will speak at "Urban Children, Science, and Nature," a three-day conference at The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx which will focus on restoring urban children's connection with the natural world while opening their minds to the wonders of nature and science. The October 9-11 conference will investigate policies, programs, and design strategies that further children's access to and appreciation of nature and science in urban places.

Urban Children, Science, and Nature, sponsored by The New York Botanical Garden and supported in part by the National Science Foundation, will bring together leading policymakers, researchers, designers, and practitioners to define strategies that make nature accessible to urban children and introduce them to the feast of discovery that is natural science. This kind of experiential learning promotes an emotional attachment to the natural world and a greater understanding, awareness, and respect for the environment. Children who interact with nature are more likely to grow up as adults concerned with the preservation of the earth's resources. The speakers will include John H. Falk, Founder of the Institute for Learning Innovation and co-author of The Museum Experience, Robin C. Moore, author of Creating Environments for Nature's Way of Learning, and Eileen Adams, author of Young People's Participation in Environmental Planning.

"Children learn about the world through their senses by playfully interacting with their surroundings," said Robin C. Moore. "What better place to be motivated to play and learn than in a garden -- here, real science can be an adventure!" The New York Botanical Garden has met the challenge of making nature accessible to urban children with the Children's Adventure Project,

Contact: Annick Sullivan
New York Botanical Garden

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