Structured ‘active’ nature necessary for the healthy development of children in AMSTERDAM, Netherlands. While are children and young people out there physically active have operated twenty to thirty years ago every day as part of the Schulwegs or after school by playing in the great outdoors, the conditions within a generation have completely changed: televisions, computers and mobile devices today form the core of all entertainment and leisure activities median require mostly the use of cars without (social) thanks to extensive urbanization. As a result, children rarely have opportunity to experience nature as such and to explore. The U.S. journalist Richard Louv has given even a clinical name the lack of any nature customization during the growing up of children: nature deficit disorder, based on umweltpsychologischen studies, which show that contact with nature the health, the urge of the game and generally the development of cognitive, emotional, social and motor skills of the children and Promotes young people.

One of the core concerns of the operators of the nature park AvTarZ provided in this regard in Oldenzaal an ECO forest high rope garden with various cable slides up to 180 m length as a complement the existing range of sports and play facilities, nature trails and mythologically themed hiking activities in order is as early as possible to give children a positive contact with the nature. Joining leisure activities in the great outdoors with some challenges deepen not only the direct experience of nature, but also creates an awareness for nature and the environment as such,”says Wim Doedens, owner of the nature park. The expansion of the Park focuses mainly on young audiences, especially children of aged 8-10 years, and is in the child-oriented extension of the existing forest of climbing for adults. The via ferrata for cool kids is part of a total system, which includes 8 courses with more than 110 individual obstacles thus,”Sandebud explains.