In a commentary piece written in collaboration with the Urban Resilience Project, Rodney Stotts (author of Bird Brother) writes that to truly understand themselves and others, children need regular chances to go outside traditional classroom walls. 

He writes:

For many adults, being outside in nature was a welcome remedy to the isolation brought on by COVID. But children need that restoration even more. A recent study by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Sussex found that children who increased their interaction with nature during the first COVID-19 lockdown in the United Kingdom had lower levels of behavioral and emotional challenges while navigating the pandemic.

Read the full article published in U.S. News & World Report HERE