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Something exciting happened over the weekend. We conducted our very first nature walk, in the Avalahalli Forest in Bengaluru! This was done in collaboration with The Little Miles, an outdoor initiative for kids and families.
While we expected about 20-25 children to join us on this walk, we were pleasantly surprised to see a turn-out of 45 kids!
This indicates a wonderful trend. Many parents, who wanted their children to step out and experience nature, participated in this walk.
“Children loved the experience! They were totally engrossed in spotting butterflies and observing the forest. They spoke in whispers so as not to scare peacocks away,” shares Shachi Tripathi, Trainer at Indiahikes, who was leading the children through this nature walk.
Experiential Learning walks like these tend to have a deep impact on the psyche of children. And many parents are now opening up to this idea.
“What the children learn in nature while interacting with other children around them is something that we cannot bring in through classroom learning. This is why we were keen on getting our daughter on this nature walk. And we loved it!” shares Ashwini Rao, a parent to 5-year-old Dhwani, who participated in this nature walk.
Such walks, even though short, are an immersive experience that change the way children look at nature.