Urban biodiversity, children, and gardens

A study of 187 children, 9 to 11 years of age, from New Zealand cities found that children did not preferentially use more biodiverse spaces in their neighborhoods over less biodiverse spaces, and that exposure to biodiversity mostly occurred in private gardens, which are shrinking in urban areas, suggesting that lifestyle factors that reduce access to biodiverse locations may limit connections to nature among children raised in urban environments. - Read at PNAS.org

Article #16-09588: “The importance of urban gardens in supporting children's biophilia,” by Kathryn L. Hand et al.