Resources and Research
- K-12 students participating in environmental education programs at school do better on standardized tests in math, reading, writing, and social studies.
- Short outdoor education programs improve children’s science test scores.
- Nature provides a rich source of hands-on, multisensory stimulation, which is critical for brain development in early childhood.
- Environment-based education improves high school students’ motivation to achieve academically.
Physical and Psychological Health
- Children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or attention-deficit disorder (ADD) show reduced symptoms after playing in natural areas.
- Children and adults find it easier to concentrate and pay attention after spending time in nature.
- Living in “high-nature conditions” buffers children against the effect of stressful life events.
- Views of nature reduce stress levels and speed recovery from illness, injury, or stressful experiences.
Behavior and Attitudes
- K-12 students participating in environmental education programs at school have fewer discipline problems.
- Short outdoor education programs improve children’s cooperation, conflict resolution, self-esteem, peer relationships, and behavior in class.
- People who have positive experiences with nature in childhood care more about the environment as adults.
- Children who participate in outdoor education programs are more likely to engage in positive environmental behaviors such as recycling.
- Children’s play is more creative and egalitarian in natural areas than in more structured or paved areas.
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