April 12, 2023

Nature Nurtures Children

Sonia Thompson

In 2019, one of the largest studies was conducted evaluating the impact nature had on children. The study looked at 450 children participating in outdoor activities.

Children at Splinter Creek literally have nature at their doorstep (photo by Alyssa Rosenheck).

The results were incredible.

79 percent of children reported feeling more confident in themselves.

84 percent felt that they were capable of trying new things.

90 percent felt they learned something new about the natural world.

79 percent reported better relationships with their classmates.

Explore the outdoor world is an essential investment in our children's health (photo by Elizabeth Keckler).

"Time in nature is not leisure time; it's an essential investment in our children's health."
― Richard Louv, author of "Last Child in the Woods."

Outdoor environments provide a variety of sensory experiences that can stimulate a child's brain development (photo by Sonia Thompson).

5 reasons to spend more time in nature with your children.

1. Stress reduction: Being in nature has been shown to have a calming effect on children, resulting in a happier and more relaxed child.

2. Improved mood and emotional regulation: Exposure to natural environments has been associated with an increase in positive emotions and a decrease in negative emotions. When children spend time in nature, they are more likely to experience positive emotions, which contributes to their overall happiness.

3. Socialization and bonding: Spending time outside allows for opportunities to interact with other children and caregivers. Social interactions can contribute to a child's happiness by promoting secure attachments and positive relationships with others.

4. Cognitive development: Outdoor environments provide a variety of sensory experiences that can stimulate a child's brain development. This cognitive growth can contribute to their happiness by allowing them to better understand and navigate their environment.

5. Physical activity: Engaging in physical activities outdoors can help release endorphins, which are known as “feel-good” hormones. Children who are active are more likely to be happier as they feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in their abilities.

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