A growing body of evidence points to significant benefits – and necessity – of children spending time in nature. Benefits include increased confidence, creativity and problem-solving, improved social relations, self- discipline, academic performance, and physical ability – to name but a few!
And yet, most children are spending less and less time outside. A UK study found that children spend half the time their parents did playing outside.
Technology, screen time, and spending time indoors are increasingly replacing the traditional activities of childhood, such as climbing trees, catching frogs, exploring natural spaces, and engaging in free unstructured play. And the consequences are proving disastrous! Children are statistically less happy, less healthy, less creative, and less able to solve problems independently than ever before.