Why Children & Nature?
Children are Happier, Healthier, and Smarter!

WHY CHILDREN AND NATURE?  Children who learn in nature and play outdoors are happier, healthier, and smarter! 

Happier.  To feel the sun and the rain on our skin, dig in the soil with our hands, hear crickets chirp, and see birds soar is to form a bond with other living things and the world we share. By venturing into “nearby nature,” children and families have opportunities to explore and learn while having fun and bonding.

Healthier.  Nature is the ideal playscape for the climbing, running, pondering, and wondering that are essential for healthy child development. Playing outdoors in nature is a high-touch alternative to a technology-saturated lifestyle. Children and families that connect with nature increase their mental and physical wellness and gain a sense of life balance.

Smarter.  Nature is an outdoor classroom where children experience science, math, language, and group learning by observing, touching, listening, smelling, telling, and doing.  When children connect with nature, they also connect with each other, their families, and the community as they learn that they are part of something bigger than themselves. Through their experiences in nature, they become more passionate stewards of the natural world.

The national Children & Nature Network has summarized research on the benefits of children learning in nature and playing outdoors, and five reports are posted at http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/, in addition to reports focused on educational and health benefits.