Hundreds of scientific, peer-reviewed research studies now confirm the essential benefit of outdoor education for kids.
(Here are a few of our favorites.)
The Prairie Science Class, a partnership between Independent School District 544 and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System, uses a local prairie wetlands ecosystem as an integrating and motivating context to engage students in science, math, and writing through real world, field-based learning experiences.
Four pilot studies explore the influence of nature play in the context of nature preschools on children’s curiosity, executive function skills, creative thinking, and resilience.
This study examines the effect of nature preschools on the development of key protective factors associated with psychological resilience.
The series of Research Briefs investigates the impact of nature schools on young children. Each article focuses on one of the following performance indicators: physical activity, resilience, executive functioning, peer interactions, learning behaviors, creative thinking, and curiosity.