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Edible Plants and Other Possibilities to Ponder
September 4, 2020
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.
-Helen Keller

“Like so many elements of a rich outdoor (and indoor) environment, it is up to us adults to make decisions on whether certain risks for children are worth the benefit of the activity,” wrote Rusty Keeler (author of the new book, Adventures in Risky Play) in an article that is the basis of the newest Exchange Reflections.

In “Edible Plants: Assessing Appropriate Risks in Outdoor Classrooms,” Keeler declares: “That goes for tall block building in the classroom, climbing up slides on the playground, and yes, whether to have a berry bush in your backyard. It, of course, depends on your circumstances, your children, your supervision style and care.” The Exchange Reflections invites discussion on how to assess appropriate risks and make decisions about outdoor experiences that are right for individual educators’ comfort levels.

Interested in registering for an Exchange Reflections discussion group facilitated by a Dimensions Foundation education specialist? A September 14 conversation will be based on the Exchange Reflections called “Transforming Environments, Transforming Behavior.” We’ll have a lively conversation about ways outdoor environments can support positive behavior - especially during this time when so much has changed in children’s lives. Learn more: https://natureexplore.org/event/200914/

NEW Resource!
Exchange Reflections

Exchange Reflections are designed to help a team of people meet in-person or live online to think deeply together about a topic using an article from Exchange magazine as a guide. Included are discussion questions to help guide reflections, as well as a "Making Commitments" idea sheet to help prompt ideas into action and an Exchange Reflections Certificate. For your convenience, Exchange Reflections are available in PDF format and you can download immediately on your desktop.

We are offering a “choose your price” option during this challenging time. The regular price of Exchange Reflections (which you can distribute to your staff or students) is $10. For those of you able to pay regular price, thank you. It helps us keep paying our staff. For those of you who need to use the 50% off coupon, we understand. Times are tough right now and some budgets are on the edge. Please do what works in your own circumstances.

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