Saturday, November 13, 2010

legacy of our bushwalks

As I looked at the photos from this week's bushwalk , it dawned on me that some of these children have been exploring this beautiful little patch of Australian bushland for almost two years now. 

At the end of the year they will be leaving us to head off to different primary schools.  What will they remember about our times in the bush?


 

Nature's creatures discovered along the way?
 

Morning tea at boat rock?


Playing with sticks and making shelters?


Exploring with their friends?


Creating bush art?


Or lying back and soaking it all in?


Research tells us that there is a window of opportunity to build the connections with the natural environment that will last a lifetime.

Even if their memories fade it makes me happy to think that our times in the bush have helped to develop these connections and build strong foundations for an affinity to and love of nature that will last a lifetime. 

There's no way that we can help children to learn to love and preserve this planet, if we don't give them direct experiences with the miracles and blessings of nature." Anita Olds

8 comments:

  1. I think this might be my first comment on your blog. I'm an ESOL teacher in a traditional elementary school in Oregon, USA. Anyway, I cherish my memories in the outdoors as a child from the coast to the mountains. My mother raised her kids well. I wish I could be in your class. You're doing great things!

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  2. I love this post & I can't even put my finger on the reason why. Maybe it's because there are some things we do for kids that we hope will have an impact on them someday. But we might not be there to see it. We just have to trust in the power of what we're doing. Kevin's right -- you're doing amazing things!

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  3. What a beautiful and priceless gift these kids have received.

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  4. What a beautiful and priceless gift these kids have received.

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  5. Wow! This post is beautiful. I think it's great that you're reflecting on what you have shared with children. Not only has this time benfited the children, it is obvious the time has been beneficial for you, as well.

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  6. Kevin - thanks for leaving your first comment. I treasure knowing where in the world the people who read this blog come from.
    Debi - thanks for your kind words. I know what you mean - we might not be there to see it but hopefully we left a positive impact.
    Cath and Krystal - thanks for your comments. And Krystal - I think that is what blogging is all about for me - a time and space to pause and think of what we have done.

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  7. beautiful jenny!!

    as we move farther and farther away from the natural world and into the world of plastic and synthetic i fear the all important connection to nature will one day be lost. keep doing your good work with the children, we need more of you in this world! xx

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  8. You know Jenny your children will remember the fact that when they were in preschool they were allowed to venture beyond the boundary gate on a weekly basis and paddle in the water and play in the bush without fences and gates. They'll remember and tell stories of all the risks they were allowed to take and that they were trusted not to run off or damage the bush! ... and as adults they'll say to other people their aged ... "what do you mean you couldn't do that?!" ... and when they do, they'll remember it all!

    I've only walked your beautiful bush track twice and I remember it all ... how could one forget!

    Donna :) :)

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