Outdoor Learning. Outdoor Education. Nature Play. Learning Outside. Whatever name you are using, there is research to support this idea of using the outdoor environment to facilitate learning. Loads of it.
A couple to start you off…
Outdoor Learning & Green Time: How kids benefit from learning in playing in nature. From Parenting Science, this is an easy read with supporting research. It covers the benefits of outdoor learning as well as the effect of a “green view”.
Outdoor Learning Guide. Published by Education Scotland, this is a fantastic resource. It covers benefits, research, curriculum, space and more.
If Children Lose Contact With Nature They Won’t Fight For It. The Guardian newspaper highlighting the importance of contact with nature.
No Fear: Growing Up in a Risk Averse Society. Published by The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Tim Gill takes a look at risk and its importance.
For more like this, here’s a spreadsheet.
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Outdoor Learning & Play Research and Articles – research, news, information and articles about learning and play outdoors.
Communitree Outdoor Education Specialists – UK based company who share a range of helpful articles and inspiring quotes.
Research Archives and Libraries
The Children and Nature Network
The Institute of Outdoor Learning
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
University of Wisconsin’s Outdoor Learning Research Summary
University of Plymouth’s Outdoor Learning Resources and Publications
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