Cheryl Charles, Ph.D., former President of the Children & Nature Network, and Alicia Senauer Loge, of Yale University, wrote "Children's Contact with the Outdoors and Nature: A Focus on Educators and Educational Settings" in 2010. The document, produced by the Children & Nature Network, provides an overview of research studies regarding the academic benefits of environment-based study in schools. The literature review shares research studies that demonstrate the benefits to children's health provided by time in nature. Studies show improved concentration after experiences in nature by children with ADHD, and reduced ADD symptoms. Additional studies discuss the positive impact of school gardens and natural schoolyard spaces on children's behavior and learning. Click on the image below to access the complete document.
Charles, Cheryl, and Alicia Senauer. "Children's Contact with the Outdoors and Nature: A Focus on Educators and Educational Settings." Children & Nature Network, 2010. PDF. Posted with permission from the Children & Nature Network.
how nature benefits children
This collection of resources provides information about the many ways in which time in nature benefits children.