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Fred Besthorn

In: Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts

Chapter 8: Beetles, Bullfrogs, and Butterflies: Contributions of Natural Environment to Childhood Development and Resilience

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Beetles, Bullfrogs, and Butterflies: Contributions of Natural Environment to Childhood Development and Resilience
Beetles, bullfrogs, and butterflies: Contributions of natural environment to childhood development and resilience
Fred H. Besthorn

Although childhood development begins in family, neighborhood, and community, childhood experience is also centered in a specific place, geography, and natural setting where children begin the process of exploration and discovery. The earth for most children is their first real home. It is the place where they first realize awe, surprise, and even danger. In this chapter, I explore the health-enhancing role that contact with and an appreciation for natural environment can play in the lives of those children who struggle to live good lives amid great adversity. I argue that nature can be one of the most ...

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