Recent studies have shown that many of us are suffering a lack of exposure to nature and outdoor environments. Children are even more prone to these deficiencies. Increasing evidence demonstrates the many benefits of nature on children’s psychological and physical well-being, including reduced stress, greater physical health, more creativity and improved concentration. Here are some ideas for your family to get outdoors!
Beyond the health and cognitive benefits children gain from unstructured play outdoors, nature also provides them with a sense of wonder and a deeper understanding of our responsibility to take care of the Earth, says Richard Louv, author of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit-Disorder”. Yet, research shows nature is the last place you’ll find children these days.
Here are ten reasons provided by the National Wildlife Federation why parents should care about this nature deficit: Continue reading