Kindergartens were a progressive 19th
century innovation to nurture children. Their success validated the new
ideal that all children flourish with proper care, cultivation and conditions.
These "children's gardens" grew with the simultaneous shift
to democracy, dismantling of slavery, and universal free education.
The Rise of Environmentalism indicates the recognition of the fragility of our natural endowment that inspired Teddy Roosevelt to establish the National Park System.
Growing A LIVING LIBRARY is an evolution
of these movements to create nurturing, stimulating, ecological &
sustainable resources. A LIVING LIBRARY encourages understanding of the
natural world and the dynamic developments created by people.