Oxford Who’s Who has inducted Ms. Deanna Fahey into the highest Professional Distinction “Top Tier of Excellence Lifetime Achievement Recognition due to her ability to provide a well-balanced and meaningful education of nature to our children.” Ms. Fahey is one of few special honorees distinguished based on her professional accomplishments, academic achievements, leadership abilities, years of service, and the credentials she has provided. Ms. Fahey is a play advocate working to promote unstructured nature play for ourselves and our children. She believes it is through our connections to nature that we can improve our well-being and our environment. As a teacher, Ms. Fahey recognized the impact nature can have in the education of our children. Nature provides us with direct learning experiences across a spectrum of subjects. Children are given a chance to follow their own interests, get hands on and solve problems on their own. Nature provides the means for well-balanced and meaningful lessons children will likely never forget, while promoting the overall well-being of the child! Deanna Fahey is an advocate in working to promote unstructured nature play for adults and our children.
NBEC, which originally began as Bringing Back Outdoor Play in 2010, Deanna Fahey wanted to promote unstructured, outdoor play for both adults and children. She created a resource web page as a one-stop-shop for those interested in finding out more about this nature based play. Ms. Fahey began to dive deeper into the research of this idea, visiting organizations that were already invested in incorporating outdoor play. As Founder and Owner of NBEC, Ms. Fahey's main focus right now is in marketing and promoting her services through social media. She is looking forward to creating a YouTube series that will demonstrate nature-based lessons for home-school parents interested in incorporating nature into their plans. To justify her work, Ms. Fahey also spends much of her time dedicated to finding current data on the benefits of nature-based education. A teacher at heart, Ms. Fahey hopes to educate adults on how to use nature as a means to their teaching ends. Growing up in a generation where children went outside and played until dark, it makes her sad to see so many children not experiencing the joy of nature and being cooped up in classrooms all day. Ms. Fahey has written an article for 'Clearing Magazine' on Forest Schools, she has also been interviewed several times for newspaper articles and journals about her business. She's also self-published several children's picture books on nature play, which can be found at her local library.