ARCHIVED: Film Exploring Connection between Nature and Learning Airing Across the Country in honor of Earth Day

Public television stations across the nation are airing the film, , produced by Jonathan Diamond Associates in association with Sarah Lawrence College’s (CDI), in April and into May in honor of Earth Day. The program profiles the efforts of four schools and a community nature center in New York, New Jersey, and California to introduce children to the natural world and to encourage them—through play, classroom activities, exploration and their own creative work—to make a lasting connection to the environment.

CDI director Rachel Grob says the film comes at a time when many children are losing touch with the natural world as they hunker down in front of TV or computer screens. “There’s a growing recognition that children really require a strong connection with nature, both to promote creative learning and to develop deep affection for the environment—an affection which children must have for the natural world before they come to understand it and take responsibility for it,” she says. “We need to find more ways to nurture that relationship and find more opportunities to introduce children to the natural world.”

The Child Development Institute has embarked on an outreach campaign to distribute the film at conferences and through community groups. Any school or educational organization interested in viewing the film should contact the Institute at .

Says Grob: “We need to foster the natural love that children have for the environment, and help them develop—artistically, creatively, and intellectually—around the sparks that ignite when you take kids outdoors.”

Following is a partial schedule:


KAWBDT2

4/22/2010

7:30 PM

Prime Time

Minneapolis

Brainerd

MN

KAWEDT2

4/22/2010

7:30 PM

Prime Time

Minneapolis

Bemidji

MN

KAWBDT

4/22/2010

7:30 PM

Prime Time

Minneapolis

Brainerd

MN

KAWEDT

4/22/2010

7:30 PM

Prime Time

Minneapolis

Bemidji

MN

KTWUDT3

4/22/2010

8:30 AM

Mid Morning

Topeka

Topeka

KS

KTWUDT3

4/22/2010

3:30 PM

Mid Afternoon

Topeka

Topeka

KS

KQEDDT3

4/24/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

San Francisco

San Francisco

CA

KAWBDT2

4/25/2010

6:30 PM

Early Fringe

Minneapolis

Brainerd

MN

KAWEDT2

4/25/2010

6:30 PM

Early Fringe

Minneapolis

Bemidji

MN

KAWBDT

4/25/2010

6:30 PM

Early Fringe

Minneapolis

Brainerd

MN

KAWEDT

4/25/2010

6:30 PM

Early Fringe

Minneapolis

Bemidji

MN

KTXTDT

4/25/2010

2:30 PM

Mid Afternoon

Lubbock

Lubbock

TX

WPTODT3

5/2/2010

11:30 PM

Late Night

Cincinnati

Oxford

OH

WLAEDT3

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

KLTSDT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Shreveport

Shreveport

LA

LPB2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

WLPBDT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

KLPBDT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette

LA

KLTMDT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Monroe-El Dorado

Monroe

LA

KLTLDT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Lake Charles

Lake Charles

LA

KLPADT2

5/2/2010

7:00 AM

Early Morning

Alexandria, LA

Alexandria

LA

WLAEDT3

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

KLTSDT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Shreveport

Shreveport

LA

LPB2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

WLPBDT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

KLPBDT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette

LA

KLTMDT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Monroe-El Dorado

Monroe

LA

KLTLDT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Lake Charles

Lake Charles

LA

KLPADT2

5/3/2010

3:00 PM

Mid Afternoon

Alexandria, LA

Alexandria

LA

WLAEDT3

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

New Orleans

New Orleans

LA

KLTSDT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Shreveport

Shreveport

LA

LPB2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

WLPBDT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge

LA

KLPBDT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Lafayette, LA

Lafayette

LA

KLTMDT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Monroe-El Dorado

Monroe

LA

KLTLDT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Lake Charles

Lake Charles

LA

KLPADT2

5/4/2010

10:00 AM

Mid Morning

Alexandria, LA

Alexandria

LA

WPTODT3

5/5/2010

3:30 AM

Overnight

Cincinnati

Oxford

OH

WPTODT3

5/8/2010

11:30 PM

Late Night

Cincinnati

Oxford

OH