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Our Guiding Principles


Throughout history, children have spent much of their free playtime engaged in nature play. Today, for many reasons, children are spending less time interacting and playing in nature. A growing body of research suggests nature is an essential element to a child’s development. Louve (2005) coined the phrase “nature deficit” and suggests a lack of exposure to nature is directly linked to increasing childhood depression, anxiety, and childhood obesity. At the Terrateer Club, we recognize the many benefits of exposing children to nature through exploration, play, and stewardship.



During the preschool years, children begin to form and navigate pro-social behavior. Children who participated in a mindful