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Importance of nature in early childhood

Here are seven articles supporting the importance of nature to children's development.

10 ways to get your kids out in nature, and why it matters: In his book, Louv shares many studies that have shown that spending time in nature has tremendous health benefits, among them
improved concentration, a greater ability to engage in creative play, an aid to help treat mental illness (in particular ADHD and depression), and exercise that beats out organized sports with its hour-to-hour physical activity. Children who spend more time in nature develop better motor fitness and coordination, especially in balance and agility.  The Washington Post. Read full article.

The Power of Nature: Ecotherapy and AwakeningBut as well as helping us to heal our minds, contact with nature can transform us. For several years, I have done research into what I call ‘awakening experiences’ – moments when our vision of our surroundings becomes more intense (so that they become more beautiful and meaningful than normal), and we feel a sense of connectedness to them, and towards other people. Psychology Today. Read full article.

Nature Helps Fight ADHD: Spending Time Outdoors Helps Kids With ADHD  Spending time in "green" settings reduced ADHD symptoms in a national study of children aged 5 to 18.

The study was done by Frances Kuo, PhD, and Andrea Faber Taylor, PhD, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. WebMD.  Read full article

5 Minutes with Nature Can Boost Mental Health "We believe that there would be a large potential benefit to individuals, society and to the costs of the health service if all groups of people were to self-medicate more with green exercise," said co-researcher Jo Barton. Live Science. Read full article. 


The Nature Cure: Why some doctors are writing prescriptions for time outdoors Smith is an ecotherapist, a practitioner of nature-based exercises intended to address both mental and physical health. Which means she recommends certain therapies that trigger in me, as a medical doctor, more skepticism than serenity: Listen to birdsong, in your headphones if necessary. Start a garden, and think of the seeds’ growth as a metaphor for life transitions. The Atlantic. Read full article.

Got Nature? Why You Need to Get Out In our increasingly urbanized world, it turns out that a little green can go a long way toward improving our health, not just that of the planet.

That could mean something as simple as a walk in the park or just a tree viewed through a window. It's not necessarily the exercise that is the key. It's the refreshing contact with nature and its uncomplicated demands on us. Live Science. Read full article.


Nature experience reduces rumination and subgenual prefrontal cortex activation: Urbanization has many benefits, but it also is associated with increased levels of mental illness, including depression. It has been suggested that decreased nature experience may help to explain the link between urbanization and mental illness. Read full article.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 

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