Susanna Byrd

At Living Earth School, students learn wilderness survival tips, naturalist skills and how to track animals, among other things. Photo: Courtesy Living Earth School

Summer VILLAGE: Exploring the link between unstructured outside playtime and healthy childhood development

Inside a gigantic twig nest, 5-year-old Colter Vincenti flaps his arms. “Help me find food,” he trills. Colter and his mom, Leora Vincenti, have come for the first time to Wildrock, a new nonprofit nature “playscape” located in northwestern Albemarle County. “It’s pretty simple,” says Vincenti. “Kids are boiling with energy and nature can absorb it.” […]