The founder of Nature Kids Institute (NKI), Kenny Ballentine, adds to the growing voice of nature-based organizations whose raison d’etre is to strengthen children’s familiarity and bond with the environment. Through his organization, the Nature Kids Institute, his simple message is — help children develop a relationship with nature by promoting the idea that children should spend more time in natural areas.
The premise behind NKI’s message is that people care more about those persons, places, or things with whom they have relationships. And what better time to develop a relationship than in childhood! Adults, as decision makers and guides, are called upon as pivotal agents in growing the relationship between kids and nature. Thus, NKI’s tools are intended to help adults introduce and maintain nature in children’s lives. Continue Reading →