What the Research Shows

  • Children who spend time in nature are shown to be happier and have higher critical thinking skills than their peers who have not had access to natural spaces.
  • Children who play together in nature are less likely to take part in bullying behavior and instead are shown to develop more collaborative skills and will demonstrate respect for others.
  • Students who are exposed to nature also achieve higher test scores in math, reading and writing than their non-nature-exposed peers.

But don’t just take our word for it! For more information, check out the following articles:

A Very Scary Headline About Kindergartners (Washington Post)

Early Childhood Education: The Case Against Direct Instruction of Academic Skills (Alfie Kohn)

Why Child’s Play is About More Than Games (Wall Street Journal)

Why Playful Learning is the Key to Prosperity (Forbes)

Want to get your kids into college? Let them play (CNN.com)

Look, Don’t Touch: The problem with environmental education (Orion Magazine)

The Crisis in Early Education (The Alliance for Childhood)

Outdoor Learning: Education’s Next Revolution? (Salon.com)

Give Childhood Back to Children (The Independent)

Opting Out of the Rug Rat Race (Wall Street Journal)