A Framework System To Connect Children With Nearby Nature
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ProgramMaster of Landscape Architecture
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Arguably the most savvy of any generation, today's children reside in a state of "Nature Deficit Disorder" (Louv (2005). Though programs approach the problem, children's current condition presents challenges beyond those of landscape architecture and allied professional practices. Currently, there is no comprehensive system to address the full range of children's developmental needs, nor to integrate needs with specific local resources. This thesis develops such a system, a framework to connect children and nature. Input from five sites in the greater Baltimore area guides framework development and testing. Results identify abundant, diverse, and age-appropriate linkages to re-connect children with nearby nature and help prepare next-generation environmental stewards.