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Published: 30 Jun 2021

The impact of nature on children’s wellbeing

By Reiss, MSheldrake, R; (2020)

Most research to date into the benefits of engaging with nature on physical health and self-reported wellbeing has been undertaken with adults and much less is known about the benefits to children. This research (funded by The Wildlife Trusts) investigates what children felt they got from participating in outdoor activities.

The majority of children reported positive experiences and believed that they gained benefits, but children with the lowest initial levels of well-being, nature connection and pro-environmental values were found to show the greatest increases: ‘Being outdoors makes me happy’

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