Studies show that kids who play and learn outside...
Are healthier physically and mentally.
Do better in school.
Have higher self-esteem.
Have good self-discipline.
Feel more capable and confident
Are good problem solvers.
Are more cooperative with others.
Are more creative.
Feel more connected to nature.
Are tomorrow's conservation leaders.
*courtesy of Texas Children in Nature
The Link Between Health & Nature
Innumerable research studies by the most reputable names and institutions in medicine show an undeniable link between human health and nature. On this page, you'll find a variety of resources to improve your own understanding of this link and to share this knowledge with others.
Many of these books are available through your local library as books, e-books, and audio books.
If you can only read one book on this list, Last Child in the Woods must be that book. It explains the widely recognized phenomenon of "Nature Deficit Disorder" in today's children, discusses scientific research into its dangers, and gives hope that we can correct this problem before it's too late.
We know we feel more relaxed on a beach or in the company of trees, but why is that? The Nature Fix explains the science behind how time spent in nature improves our cognition, mood, resilience, and overall wellbeing in entertaining and easy to understand terms.
The following infographics are available from the Children & Nature Network. This collaborative of nature and environmental educators and organizations is dedicated to "a world in which all children play, learn and grow with nature in their everyday lives." All infographics are free to download and use in your quest to educate others on the important role nature plays in our mental and physical health and wellbeing.
You can also browse their easy to use online research library on a variety of subjects HERE.
Click on any of these infographics to download their PDF files.
Thanks to a growing movement among doctors and nurse practitioners, more patients are receiving prescriptions for nature and parks instead of pharmaceuticals and pills.
Nature & Eclectic Outdoors (NEO) and our Healthy Outdoor Communities (HOC) initiative have teamed up with Park Rx America to introduce this practice to doctors and nurse practitioners in our communities. Ask your doctor's office to contact us to find out more!
Visit Park Rx America online to find great parks near you, and learn how to write your own park prescription. You can also find infographics like the one below and informative pages on how time spent outdoors can have a positive impact on Brain Health, Hypertension, Obesity, Physical Activity, and Minority Health. Most materials on the Park Rx America site are also available in Spanish.
Read more about park prescriptions in Outside Magazine