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Children & Nature Network: Research and Articles

Recent articles

Nadra Kareem Nittle. Math in the Garden: Are School Gardens the New Classrooms? The Atlantic. October 15, 2015.

Jessica Leahy. Teach Kids to Daydream. Mental downtime makes people more creative and less anxious. The Atlantic. October 16, 2013.

Why Adults have to Stop Trying So Hard to Control How Children Play. The Washington Post. December 11, 2015.

Tim Walker. The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland. Forget the Common Core, Finland’s youngsters are in charge of determining what happens in the classroom. The Atlantic. October 1, 2015.

Florence Williams. This Is Your Brain on Nature. National Geographic. January 2016.

Take a Hike for Health: Small Doses of the Outdoors Make a Big Difference. The Seattle Times. December 3, 2015.

Exposure to Nature May Reduce Crime, Strengthen Communities. Huffington Post. December 3, 2015. (From the journal Bioscience.)

Seeing Green: The Importance of Nature for Our Health. Mother Earth News. December 2015/January 2016.

Gayle Worland. Celebrate a Wacky Winter Outdoors. Wisconsin State Journal. January 1, 2016.

Outdoor / environmental education

Schoolyard design

Sensory integration through outdoor education

Outdoor / environmental education

Food/healthy snacks


Resources and ideas



  • Louv R. Last Child in the Woods. Algonquin Books, 2005.
  • DeBord K, et al. Preschool Outdoor Environment Measurement Scale. Kaplan, 2005.
  • Kirkland J. No Student Left Indoors: Creating a Field Guide to Your Schoolyard. Stillwater Publishing, 2009.
  • Frost J, et al. The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds. Assoc. for Childhood Ed. Int’l, 2004.

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