What is Rewilding?

Rewilding means restoring ancestral ways of living that create greater health and well-being for humans and the ecosystems that we belong to. Many things lead people to rewilding — concern over ecological collapse or economic uncertainty, health problems, a nagging sense of something missing in life, or a desire to “save the world” — but from those starting points we come together in a desire to rewild our homes, our communities, and ourselves. Rewilding learns from the examples of indigenous people past and present provided by anthropology, archaeology, and ethnobiology. It means returning to our senses, returning to ourselves, and coming home to the world we never stopped belonging to.

How does rewilding pertain to a daycare? What will be doing that could be considered rewilding?

  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Gardening
  • Eating whole foods
  • Body awareness through yoga
  • Simply-playing outside
  • An environment with a radically reduced toxic load
  • Letting kids be kids, wild as they are
Backyard foraging for dandelions and creeping Charlie.