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Are Your Roots in the Mud?

by Sara Garner, Mary Elizabeth Ambery and Sharon J. Dees
May/June 2019
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The roots of International Mud Day are anything but muddy. Gillian McAuliffe, pedagogista and founder of Bold Park Community School in Perth, Australia, planted a seed that sprouts every year on June 29 into global, wonder-filled celebrations of playing in the mud. The seemingly universal fondness for Mud Day, though, reaches beyond the outward joys of muddy feet, friendships and photos. All the rich delights of what-ifs and wows can be translated into learning. So, what do you want to know? What do your children want to know? When and how will you celebrate International Mud Day?  

The idea of International Mud Day was inspired by a thoughtful conversation between two people who may have never met had they not attended the World Forum for Early Childhood Care and Education in Belfast, Ireland, and joined the Nature Action Collaborative for Children. NACC was formed to connect a variety of professionals, from landscape designers to early childhood specialists, from all over the world, with one primary belief—all children have the right to be connected to the natural world. 

One year later, in 2010, one of those individuals, Bishnu Bhatta from Nepal, presented their idea at Lied Lodge & ...

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