“In itself the beauty of nature leads the soul away from sin and worldly attractions, and toward purity, peace, and God.
For this reason the cultivation of the soil is good work for children and youth. It brings them into direct contact with nature and nature’s God…. To the nervous child or youth, … it will be especially valuable. There is health and happiness for him in the study of nature; and the impressions made will not fade out of his mind, for they will be associated with objects that are continually before his eyes.
In the natural world, God has placed in the hands of the children of men the key to unlock the treasure-house of His word. The unseen is illustrated by the seen; divine wisdom, eternal truth, infinite grace, are understood by the things that God has made…. God has made this world fair because He delights in our happiness.”
Counsels to Parents, Teachers, and Students, 186-188