Subtitle: Observations, concerns and hopes as an output of twenty years in forest practise

Oliver BALKE

Institution: Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz Nordrhein-Westfalen – Germany


Keywords: Consequences of an Urban Growing-Space for Small Children, Needs of Children in the First Years of Life, Offers and Effects of Industrial Forests

In the meantime seven of ten human beings in Germany are living in urban areas. The urban living space cause more and more well-known detrimental effects on the physical and mental health.

In this context frequently the grown-ups are in the center of examinations. But enduring consequences, at least for the whole further life-time, are the result of an urban growing-space for small children after their first years.

As a key-factor of the environmental education in the industrial forest project, up from the start in 1996, the kindergarten-groups are having a very particular importance. Out of which situation in life does the forest ranger catch these kids today? What are the specific offers of an industrial forest with focus on the needs of these small patients? In which way does the offered forest experience cause direct and long-time influence?

An industrial forest-ranger reports as a practical person on these questions.

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