Nature Play at Home Book Launch April 7

Join NoVA Outside on Sunday, April 7 for a book talk and reception with NoVA Outside leadership team member and author Nancy Striniste upon the publication of Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World.

With the backdrop of the wooded grounds of Historic Blenheim in Fairfax, Virginia, Nancy, an early childhood educator and landscape designer who has worked with school districts and municipalities throughout the Mid-Atlantic, will present a talk on her book.

Attendees will have ample opportunity to network and socialize during the reception portions of the afternoon on either side of the presentation. The event will run 3:30-6:00 p.m.

Striniste says: “Time in nature is important because it is rare for kids today to have the freedom to roam and the abundant, unstructured time outdoors that past generations had. As an educator and landscape designer, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this issue. I believe the answer is to bring nature to the places where children spend their time.  This means that backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, child care settings, and neighborhood parks need to become wilder places.

Acclaimed Last Child in the Woods author Richard Louv calls Striniste’s book “a magnificent resource for transforming backyards into stimulating environments which enhance children’s creativity, learning, and fun.”

Library Journal refers to the book as an “eye-catching volume” and gives it a starred review with the verdict “Colorful and filled with great solutions for connecting kids to the natural world; highly recommended.”

Early Bird ticket prices are $25 for the event or $35 with a signed copy of the book. Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase for list price of $24.99.

Proceeds from this event benefit NoVA Outside.

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