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Making The Case for Outdoor Learning

Research, reports, policy documents and news items in support of Outdoor Learning

 

The demand for Outdoor Learning programmes is increasing and strong cases are being made in support of the value of Outdoor Learning. All the following documents in this blog have a connection to the benefits of getting active, sharing an adventure, and enjoying the outdoors. This is dynamic and growing resource - please get in touch to suggest or share an entry.

You can find some key research papers here covering effective policy and practice in the sector. If you are looking to get involved in regional research, follow this link to find the research hub closest to you.

 

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Noticing Nature

The first report in the Everyone Need Nature Series

A growing body of evidence points to the positive impacts of nature for people. Yet, while evidence is growing rapidly, this is prompting new questions about the essential ingredients of a positive and sustainable relationship with nature for individuals.


The National Trust working in partnership with Professor Miles Richardson and his team of researchers at University of Derby’s Nature Connectedness Research Group, we therefore designed a
programme of research with both children and adults, to enrich understanding of:
• the different factors that are associated with children and adults proactively doing things to help nature and wildlife, making use of newly established measures of ‘pro-nature conservation’ behaviours;
• the significance of people’s participation in simple, everyday acts of ‘tuning in’, noticing or paying attention to nature, relative to other previously explored factors such as time spent outdoors;
• how these and other aspects in people’s relationship with nature are associated with higher or lower levels of wellbeing; and
• the personal benefits that people report from being prompted to ‘take notice’ or do things to help nature on a daily basis.

The research, undertaken together with the University of Derby, revealed when questioning children that, in the past year:

  • 90 per cent infrequently or never watched the sunrise
  • 83 per cent infrequently or never smelled wild flowers
  • 77 per cent infrequently or never listened to birdsong

Moreover,

  • Only 7 per cent of children often celebrated natural events (such as the longest day of the year, harvest etc)
  • Only 21% often watched clouds
  • Only 24 per cent of children often stopped to appreciate the stars of the moon in the sky

And that for adults, in the past year:

  • 79 per cent of adults infrequently or never smelled wild flowers
  • 62 per cent either infrequently or never listened to birdsong
  • 57 per cent rarely or never watched the sunrise

Moreover,

  • Only 6 per cent of often celebrated natural events (such as longest day of the year, harvest etc)
  • Only 27 per cent often watched clouds
  • Only 38 per cent often stopped to appreciate the stars or the moon in the sky
Previous Article Spending at least 120 minutes a week in nature is associated with good health and wellbeing - 2019
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