Most children aren’t offered the type of outside play opportunities that were once very common.  There are not a lot of pickup football games on front lawns, or kick the can games at dusk. Gardening offers children an opportunity to be outside developing an interest in nature. To care for a garden and watch nature grow relieves stress and promotes a healthier way of living. There is research that shows children who connect to nature at a young age are more likely to stay connected into their adulthood. Exploring outside gardens and green spaces encourages children to tune in to nature. Promoting unstructured outside playing, especially in the dirt, allows children to be creative and imaginative.