Posted on 22. Mar, 2011 by in World of Wonder




a collaboration of Davidson Lands Conservancy and Woodland Discovery
World of Wonder (WOW) is a free nature discovery program for families – an opportunity for parents and children to explore, discover, and enjoy the wonders of the natural world together. WOW has 3 prongs:

– hands-on activities/nature information at the Davidson Farmer’s Market

– nature outings for families

– a forthcoming online interactive map to nature


Why this program?

WOW is a response to the deepening concern that too few children spend time outdoors experiencing the natural world first-hand, referred to as nature deficit. The reasons are many: the lure of electronic media, concerns for crime and safety, lack of information about natural resources, unfamiliarity with nature, and overscheduled children and parents.

The consequences are far reaching. A growing body of research links nature deficit with childhood obesity, childhood diabetes, behavior disorders, short attention span, stress, anxiety, depression, and aggression.

On the positive side, research also indicates that experiencing the outdoor world improves children’s cognitive development, creativity, attention span, academic achievement, and gives them an increased sense of wellbeing, place, and community.


Why families, not just children?

Many parents want to share the natural world with their child, but don’t know where to go, what to see, and what it is they’re seeing. WOW provides guides who point out, explain and teach, giving parents the resources and confidence to build on these experiences in the future.

Most programs involve parents dropping children off for an activity, not a chance to experience it together. WOW provides the framework for children and parents to discover the natural world together.


If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

Rachel Carson, naturalist and author

Sample of Farmer’s Market activities: Great Backyard Birdcount, Pinecone Crafts, Leaf Man

Sample of outings: What in This Creek? Who Lives in These Trees? Where do Spiders Hide?

For upcoming programs and pictures of past events:

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