Environmental Education 
Association of Indiana

Nature Research

February 08, 2018 8:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

If you're reading this blog, then you already know that a walk through the woods has a nice, calming affect and, if you're a teacher, you certainly wouldn't mind having your kids take a walk through the woods once or twice during the day.  However, try to convince that to your school administrator.

Now, there's proof!  Frances (Ming) Kuo, who spoke at our 2012 conference, along with others, has done a thorough scientific research project to see how well students performed in a classroom after they had a lesson outdoors in nature versus not having had the outdoor lesson.

Their findings show quite clearly that performance improved significantly after the students had been outdoors for a lesson.

This, of course, is not news to environmental educators, but now there is scientific proof of this that can be found at https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02253/full#h11, along with a general description of the study here - https://news.illinois.edu/view/6367/601387.

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