Let’s get more kids outdoors
Giving children better opportunities to learn and play in nature leads to lifelong improvements in their education, health and wellbeing outcomes
“Education research indicates that when nature is included in the curriculum, student achievement levels rise in core academic areas, including reading, maths and science, there is also a reduction in discipline problems and symptoms of [Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder]. … I can’t tell you how many times teachers have told me that the troublemaker in their classroom becomes the leader in an outdoor setting.”
Why is it important?
Most of us know that being outside is good for kids. We know this intuitively from our own childhood and parenting experiences, and there is now a mountain of research to back it up.
Researchers have established strong links between exposure to nature and outdoor activities, and a raft of developmental benefits, such as:
- Physical health and fitness
- Cognitive development
- Mental health and wellbeing.
- Social development.