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OUTDOOR EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN

Overview

 

Today’s children and families often have limited opportunities to connect with the natural environment. Modern family life has changed dramatically in the last two decades. Children spend more time viewing television and playing video games on computers than they do being physically active outside. Families are eating more processed, high-calorie foods due to their busy schedules which makes a family sit-down meal a rare event.

 

These changes have led to an epidemic of childhood obesity, which presents serious health threats for children including heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems.  In the past decade, the benefits of connecting to nature have been well documented in numerous scientific research studies and publications. Collectively, research shows that children’s social, psychological, academic and physical health is positively impacted when they have daily contact with nature.

 

Benefits

  • Positive impacts include the following:

  • Supports multiple development domains.

  • Supports creativity and problem solving.

  • Enhances cognitive abilities.

  • Improves academic performance.

  • Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) symptoms.

  • Increases physical activity.

  • Improves nutrition.

  • Improves eyesight.

  • Improves social relations.

  • Improves self-discipline.

  • Reduces stress.

 

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