Nature in the News

My ongoing collection of news articles about why going outside is good for us.

How forest schools boost children’s immune systems – October 2023

Forest schools increasing in popularity across New York

Why ‘forest schools’ are gaining popularity as an alternative to public schools

Behind the bush learning boom: why getting dirty and lighting fires is good for Australian children – July 2023

Reconnecting with Nature: The Rise of Forest Schools – June 2023

‘The sun is medicine’: Parents, co-ordinators see benefits in Mi’kmaw land-based learning – June 2023

Study finds dedicated nature play areas underutilized for teaching curriculum at school – March 2023

Benefits of an Outdoor Education Class – December 2022

Why we may be getting outdoor education (very) wrong – July 2022

Do children do better in Forest Schools – Jan 2022

Nature-based school will feature a yurt – Sept 2021

Spending more time in nature crucial to children’s mental health and development, study says – July 2021

Daycares in Finland Built a ‘Forest Floor’, And It Changed Children’s Immune Systems – October 2020

6 reasons children need to play outside – October 27, 2020

Nature Deficit Disorder is really a thing – June 2020

Forest schools: how climbing trees and making dens can help children develop resilience – June 2019

Outdoor learning has huge benefits for children and teachers—so why isn’t it used in more schools? – June 2019

Six ways nature helps children learn – June 2019

What Sweden teaches us about play and the outdoors – June 2017

Kindergarten, Naturally – Sept 2016

Wild things: how ditching the classroom boosts children’s mental health

Nature is the best way to nurture pupils with special educational needs

Reading, writing and mud: the growth of Forest Schools – December 2015

The Benefits of Digging in the Dirt (Op-Ed) – Feb 2014

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In Sweden’s Preschools, Boys Learn to Dance and Girls Learn to Yell – March 2018

The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland – October 2015

Finland’s social climbers: How they’re fighting inequality with education, and winning
April 2016

What the world can teach Canada about building better daycare – October 2013

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