“Our work as educators is to support children’s unfolding into place and the opening of their hearts to the Earth” (Pelo, 2014, p.5).
As the cold snowy weather begins to dissipate and the warm sunny weather approaches, it appears as though increasing numbers of “outsiders” begin to pillage our special place known to many at KOLTS as our forest school site. The children at KOLTS have come to know the land so intimately that they take notice of the signs indicating that others have been there. The children and educators spend so much time in this area that they pay careful attention to seasonal changes and the effects weather has on the trees, the ground and the water. The children’s play and exploration is deep and meaningful and it can be upsetting to discover that a structure they had built has been altered and things have not been left as they were. Therefore, children cannot seamlessly continue the work they had begun during their previous visit. Continue reading “Ecological Identity: Developing an Ethic of Care Toward the Natural World”