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Measuring the Impact of Nature on Inner-City Children

09/17/15 | View Comments

150For a child growing up in the city, nature is often seen as a foreign or even scary thing. Without access to green space and natural environments, children can fail to form the bond with nature that we as humans often find essential to our existence. As TKF Foundation partner Naval Cemetery Landscape, part of the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, works to restore and revitalize a section of the Brooklyn Navy Yard and cemetery grounds, they are also researching the impact of nature upon children with limited connection to nature.

According to Pamela Ito, Director of Education with The Horticultural Society of New York — another partner in the project, over the past two years they have brought around 100 children from The Green School of Brooklyn to the Naval Cemetery Landscape and other nearby nature environments in the area. Along with helping with the development of the site, the students are getting hands-on experience to go with lessons taught in the classroom.

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