Children’s disconnection with nature has become increasingly clear over the last few decades throughout the world due to a number of factors, including technological and societal shifts. Reconnection with nature is proposed as a solution, demonstrating countless benefits in physical, mental, emotional, and social domains. Using an approach influenced by STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) frameworks, I proposed to redesign and renovate my early childhood program’s outdoor environment. The goal was to not only achieve a positive, natural environment for preschoolers to encourage core concepts like science, mathematics, and engineering, but also to develop and strengthen the relationship between children and the natural world. Extensive information is shared for all steps of the project to completion. Outcomes, limitations and future considerations in regards to this project are discussed at length.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2017

Senior Project Advisor

Dr. Bridget Murray

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Educational Studies

Document Type