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Biophilia: Pittsburgh June Meeting

Our next meeting will be held Thursday, June 5th 2014. We hope you can join us! 

"Growing Wellness: How Connecting to Nature Keeps Kids Healthy"

Guest Speaker: Melissa Harding

As more and more of life so often happens in front of a screen, there is a growing chasm between the world we live in and the natural world right outside the window. This disconnect costs us all in our physical and mental health, as well as our overall well-being. This cost is especially high in our young people. Studies have shown that children and youth who spend time outside connected to nature are happier, kinder, and more self-disciplined. They have higher cognitive skills and self-esteem. In short, connecting our children to nature is an imperative that we all must work towards. At Phipps, we feel that the key to connecting children to nature is to spend time observing and understanding it, ask good questions and have fun finding out the answers. Guest speaker Melissa Harding, Phipps Science Education Specialist, will explain how Phipps educators use observation exercises and imaginative play to connect students to the natural world, fostering a new generation of scientists and naturalists.

Directions and Parking:
This meeting will take place in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes (CSL) Classroom which is located on the facility’s first floor. The main Conservatory entrance will be closed, as this meeting takes place after normal hours; to access the CSL, follow Frew Street (located between the Oakland/Schenley Park bridge and the Christopher Columbus statue), which will take you around the Conservatory to the lower campus. Guest parking spaces are available on your left as you approach the CSL.

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