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Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confidence

Clip: In Nature Preschoolers Build Confi...

When we filmed preschoolers navigating the woods in Rock Creek Park for our film, Mother Nature’s Child, we found that what the researchers say is true: rather than bullying, children on an outdoor adventure together tend to support and encourage each other. Building confidence on nature outings? Look at Lucy turn back to survey the challenge she just surmounted (crossing the stream, stepping stone by stepping stone) before she heads up the hill! Children can grow in every way when you take them...
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Richard Louv: Play and Executive Function

Richard Louv: Play and Executive Functio...

In our interview with author Richard Louv for Mother Nature’s Child, he spoke about the important connection between free play and the development of “executive function” in children. Here’s an out-take from our interview. We wish we’d had time in the film to go into more depth about all the ways that play and time outside benefit children’s development and...
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Clip from Post Film Discussion...

A year ago, the Burlington, VT premiere of Mother Nature’s Child was attended by an audience of more than 200, most of whom stayed for the post-film discussion with a panel moderated by Walter Poleman, lecturer and Associate Director of the Field Naturalist Graduate Program at the University of Vermont. Here one viewer asks about how the Baltimore schools in the film were able to create programs to get their students outside. Director Camilla Rockwell responds briefly and refers the question to Walter to talk about what is happening in Burlington. An additional...
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Clip: Amazing Guys from Holistic Life Foundation…Again!

Clip: Amazing Guys from Holistic Life Fo...

How exciting to see that Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio is taking note of the amazing work that Ali, Atman and Andy are doing in the Baltimore schools! This is a terrific summary of the programs they offer through the Holistic Life Foundation. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see this model spread in schools around the country? We are so PROUD to have included the Holistic guys and their outdoor environmental work with kids in Mother Nature’s Child. Please share this video with others – who knows where the inspiration might...
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Clip: Kellert on Risk

Clip: Kellert on Risk...

After a screening of Mother Nature’s Child, one of the main topics of conversation has to do with the risk associated with letting our children out in nature. Parents are more fearful than in past generations and want their children to be protected from all potential mishaps. They often feel their kids are safer inside watching TV than outside running around and exploring. In this clip, Stephen Kellert from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies talks about children developing resilience by engaging nature in all its power and unpredictability. How...

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