Passport to Nature!
“I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are,” reports a fourth-grader.
In Richard Louv’s ‘Last Child in the Woods’, he exposes the staggering divide between children and nature. Never before have children been so wired to gadgets and so disconnected from nature. Exposure to nature is necessary for the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of kids and adults. But hey, technology doesn’t have to be the enemy of an active childhood. As parents, educators, and app developers, we now have an opportunity to make things right. With a deeper understanding of the importance of nature play, we can create conducive environment for nature exploration.
With this objective, Islandwood partnered with Log(n) to build an adventure-based app to drive children outdoors. IslandWood is a nationally recognized organization rooted in an integrated approach to scientific learning, self-awareness, and stewardship. Built on the iOS platform, Nature Passport leads children into the field to play, discover, observe, and understand their surroundings. Each mission is carefully designed to encourage play in nearby outdoor areas, ranging from the backyard to the beach. Categorized as ‘Play’, ‘Explore’, ‘Learn’, and into varying degrees of difficulty, parents can be assured to find a mission that engages their kids in playful learning activities, leading to greater discovery of their natural world. Merit-based badges add to the fun element, and keep kids engaged.
Coming soon on Nature Passport – Discover real-world treasures using GPS, navigate to them and find the geocache hidden at a particular location. Stay tuned!