NoVA Outside will hold a book launch of Nature Play at Home: Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on April 7, at the historic Blenheim, in Fairfax, Virginia. The event will include a networking reception, book talk and signing. The author, Nancy Striniste, serves in a leadership role for NoVA Outside, an alliance of environmental and outdoor educators
A longtime Arlington resident and expert on outdoor learning, Striniste has designed natural playscapes throughout the mid-Atlantic and presented at conferences and educator trainings around the country. Refreshments will be provided during social time before and after the presentation during which Striniste will discuss the importance of children experiencing time in nature, address the benefits of natural playspaces and provide how-tos for homeowners and educators.
Striniste notes, “Time in nature is important. It is rare for children today to have the freedom to roam and the abundant, unstructured time outdoors that past generations had. Places where children spend their time need to become wilder.”
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” and Library Journal highly recommends the “eye-catching volume.”
Tickets: $35 with a signed copy of the book or $25 without. Proceeds benefit NoVA Outside’s work to connect children to nature. For information and tickets, visit bit.ly/NaturePlayAtHomeLaunch.