We all started in nature

Throughout history, humans have had a close relationship with nature, relying on it for our physical, emotional and intellectual survival. Today, that relationship is fading and our values are shifting. Increasing populations are being condensed into urban areas, industrialization deprives many of direct contact with nature, and screens are dominating our lives.  

We are all biologically connected to nature and our dependence on it is undeniable. A mounting body of evidence is demonstrating the positive effects nature has on human health, development and well-being, particularly during the formative childhood years.  These include: 

+Physical health

  • Increased physical activity and exercise
  • Increased development of motor skills (balance and agility) due to natural variable terrain
  • Boosted immunity
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced blood pressure
  • Reduced cortisol (stress hormone) levels
  • Improved sleep
  • Reduced headaches
  • Reduced mortality rates from circulatory disease
  • Faster healing and recovery rates
  • Addiction recovery
  • Reduced cardiovascular, respiratory disease and long-term illness
  • Reduced occurrence of illness

+Psychological well-being

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved mood
  • Reduced anger/frustration
  • Reduced anxiety
  • Improved behaviour

+Cognitive abilities

  • Attentional restoration
  • Reduced mental fatigue
  • Improved academic performance
  • Education/learning opportunities
  • Improved ability to perform tasks
  • Improved problem-solving
  • Improved cognitive function in children
  • Improved ability to focus
  • Stimulates creativity, imagination, and curiosity

+Social cohesion

  • Provides opportunity for social interaction
  • Enables social empowerment
  • Reduced crime rates
  • Reduced violence
  • Enables interracial interaction
  • Provides social support

+Emotional and spiritual

  • Increased inspiration
  • Increased spiritual well-being
An understanding of the natural world and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.”
— David Attenborough

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