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Why Nature-based?

Nature-based learning is increasing in popularity throughout the United States because this type of education has many benefits for children - some of which include: increased creativity, greater impulse control, stronger immune system, reduced obesity, better psychological well-being, advanced cognitive skills, increased positive social skills, and more positive attitudes toward nature and the environment. The following graphics illustrate the academic and developmental benefits of nature-based learning.

For some in-depth information about the importance of nature for children, explore the following articles:

 

https://www.greenmatters.com/family/2018/06/07/ZM6rnt/nature-preschools-classrooms

 

https://natureofamericans.org/findings/benefits-of-nature

 

https://natureofamericans.org/findings/topic-summary/children

 

https://www.childrenandnature.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/CECCNNWorldwideResearch.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3wsNN8SkMRvDj5qb0TObXCAQoo6D1T4WCjSaxPIVhiTiEQgk9dCTco3PI

 

For further reading, check out the following books:

 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

 

Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way by Erin Kenny

 

Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Handscom