Monday, April 17, 2017

Out on a Limb: Benefits and Risks of Tree Climbing

Tree climbing is such a fun and challenging activity for many children around the world. As I started noticing more restrictions on tree climbing in parks and other places, I brought the topic to my research team, Suzanne Levenson Goldstein and Tricia Rosengarten, to see if they would like to investigate the topic in more depth. They were hooked!

In February 2016, we started our journey. We did preliminary research, started contacting organizations, and developed a survey that launched in May 2016. What did we find? Study participants are really passionate about tree climbing! Below is a copy of our poster session used for the International Children & Nature Network 2017 conference. Our research paper is published at International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education.