Wildlands for Children: Consideration of the Value of Natural Environments in Landscape Planning

Landscapes are, in part, expressions of culture and they serve a support for the continuance of particular cultures or subcultures. When one looks closely at variations in landscapes and their different impacts upon chil- dren it becomes clear that they serve as important tools in the socialization of children, though neither parents or planners are usually conscious of this. This lecture describes some of the ways the landscape influences children’s development and discusses some of the options open to landscape planners for improving the quality of children’s environmental opportunity. Particular attention is given to the influence of natural environments, the theme of this lecture series.

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Title:  Wildlands for Children: Consideration of the Value of Natural Environments in Landscape Planning

Author(s): Roger Hart

Publication Date: 1982

Publisher: In  LANDSCHAFT + STADT