News and Updates
June 14, 2017
Benefits of Nature

 

Providing children with opportunities to explore natural outdoor settings where they can play, explore and experience natural systems is a part of healthy living. When children are engaged with the outdoors, in various weather environments, they are able to learn more about the habitat they live in. These experiences lead to healthier children and have a profound positive effect on their attitudes towards the natural environment that get carried into adulthood.

The benefits of exploring nature are endless through the hands-on experience it provides. Research shows that children learn best when they are engaged and active during the learning process ; exploring natural outdoor settings through experiences with water, rain, wind, and the coming of spring allows children to develop an emotional and aesthetic engagement with their surroundings. It gives them the opportunity to exercise both their mental and physical capacities – furthering their overall development.

According to gathered evidences, nature plays a crucial role in our health and well-being. With access to parks and nature reserves, there are many ways to create positive experiences for children within our surroundings. It can be as simple as picking flowers or produce, planting trees and seeds, or taking a nature walk in the rain.

Research shows that children participate more successfully in indoor learning after time spent in nature using their minds and bodies. To read more on how schools are implementing positive interactions with nature, go to:

http://www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/story/1283/school-garden-gives-greens-to-community#.WTHmbuvyuJB
http://www.healthyschoolsbc.ca/story/2600/parkway-elementary-food-forest-garden-a-place-to-learn-eat-and-play#.WTHmb-vyuJB