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movement is afoot to get kids grounded in nature. Wilderness awareness programs, also known as


primitive skills or Earth-based education, teach life-changing survival skills that build courage, compassion and camaraderie. “We help youth experience a true


aliveness in nature. Kids gain knowledge of the outdoors and increase awareness, confidence and self-reliance, while having fun, positive experiences,” says Dave Scott, founder of the Earth Native Wilderness School (EarthNativeSchool.com), in Bastrop, Texas. Tey oſten go on to enthusiastically share what they’ve learned about natural flora and fauna with their families.


INTO THE WOODS Nature Helps Kids Build Skills


and Character by April Thompson


Experiential Learning Youth engaged with organizations like this one enjoy gaining nature-oriented sur- vival skills, such as making bows, baskets, shelters and fire. “By making a bow out of a particular type of tree, children discover what type of habitat the tree prefers and how to harvest it sustainably. Indigenous skills like animal tracking also help them relate to wildlife and develop empathy for animals,” says Scott. “When you learn to trust rather than


fear nature, you’re more likely to take care of it,” adds Rick Berry, founder of 4 Ele- ments Earth Education (4eee.org), a Nevada City, California, nonprofit that helps kids and adults connect with planet Earth via immersion in nature. Leaving room for spontaneity and improvisation is important.


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