A recent thread on a list serve I follow for educators of young children focused on regulations around bringing them outside in cold weather. In Virginia, I learned, teachers can’t bring children outdoors when temperatures fall below 40 degrees! Here in New England, we consider 40 to be downright balmy.
Children need outside play in all kinds of weather. We know that many environmentalists developed their love of nature by spending lots of time outdoors in natural settings as children. Still, access to the outdoors for extended periods of time can be limited during the winter.