The Children and Nature Network has reviewed a number of studies that show the benefits of even a short time spent outside. Results from some of these studies show:
- the positive benefits to inner city youth, particularly girls, from access to greenspaces for play. Even a view of green settings enhances peace, self-control, and self-discipline. (Taylor, http://www.lhhl.uiuc.edu/)
- enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, autonomy and initiative (Kellert,http://www.nols.edu/resources/research/pdfs/kellert.complete.text.pdf)
At our 2010 Summer Institute Cannon River STEM School Director, Nalani McCutcheon, spoke to the importance of getting students outside and how they manage it at their school. Video from her presentation can be watched below.