"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." —Thomas Berry
What is Nature Deficit Disorder?
Nature Deficit Disorder is not a medical diagnosis but a phenomenon recognized by Richard Louv —author of Last Child in the Woods— and described by him as "...the human cost of alienation from nature, among them: diminshed use of the senses, attention difficulties, and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses."
Natural play stimulates all the senses, and multisensory experiences in nature help to build the cognitive constructs necessary for sustained intellectual development. According to Robin Moore, an expert in design of play and learning, "Natural spaces and materials stimulate children's limitless imagination and serve as the medium of inventiveness and creativity observable in almost any group of children playing in a natural setting."
At The Butterfly Garden, creativity and imagination are protected, fostered and nourished in the natural setting mother nature has provided us.