Environmental education helps children to appreciate park

Nummi, E., 2004, Environmental education helps children to appreciate park, in: OPENspace, ‘Open space, people space’, OPENspace, Edinburgh

  • Author : Nummi, E.
  • Year : 2004
  • Published in Book : Open space, people space
  • Abstract in English : Vandalism and littering are growing problems in the parks of the cities. Repairing the damage is costly and decreases the budget allocated for beautifying the city parks, the more damage that is done, the less the parks can be beautified. Parks are intended to vitalize people in their everyday life but this cannot be accomplished if they are in a state of disrepair. They can even become places of fear. The Public Works Department of the City of Helsinki, Finland, has created a study programme for five to eight-year-old children – The Little School for Park Pals – that consists of five one to one-and-a-half-hour lessons focusing on play and drama. Through this programme, the children will learn that parks belong to everyone and everyone has a responsibility to take care of them. Parks are our common gardens and home to a rich variety of living things.
  • Comments/Notes : KEYWORDS: environmental education, understanding, appreciation, caretaking, vandalism. [paper 2 p.]