Research

Risk and Challenge in School Play

8 May 2017

This research paper was published in the Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, and is titled: What did schools experience from participating in a randomised controlled study (PLAY) that prioritised risk and challenge in active play for children while at school?  Undertake…

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2016 AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Young People

22 Nov 2016

This year marks the release of the second Full AHKA Report Card on Physical Activity of Children and Young People, which assesses 12 physical activity indicators (physical activity behaviours, traits, and the settings and sources of influence, and strategies and investments, which have the potential…

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Student Outcomes And Natural Schooling

22 Nov 2016

Pathways From Evidence to Impact Report 2016: Over the past ten years there have been signicant reviews conducted around the focus of children learning in natural environments in the UK and further abroad. All these reviews identifed signicant evidence that outdoor learning can,…

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From forest preschool to Bush Kinder: An inspirational approach to preschool provision in Australia

19 Oct 2016

Sue Elliott, University of New England Barbara Chancellor, RMIT University This report provides inspiring current Australian research into the positive impact of a forest school/ bush kinder program for children, colleagues, parents and the wider community of Westgarth Kindergarten in Mel…

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Masters Study Extract: Why Should We Place Emphasis On Outdoor ‘Forest’ Learning?

25 Jul 2016

Would you like to find out more about the recorded impact of forest schools and the importance of regular outdoor learning for our children? Anya Perkins, our Nature Play Qld Community Engagement and Resource Coordinator and the developer and trainer of our ‘Introduction to Forest Learning…

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Natural Childhood Report - National Trust (UK)

3 Mar 2016

This is a must read for passionate Nature Play adults!   Life-long Naturalist and Producer of the BBC series Springwatch, Stephen Moss from the United Kingdom has written the follow report into Nature Deficit Disorder, the benefits of a natural childhood, the barriers impacting on natur…

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What Do Queensland Kids Think About The Nature Play QLD Online Passport Missions

4 Aug 2015

Nature Play QLD is Preparing Queensland Children for Life 'That’s Astronomical' Passport Mission Comment: “The stars were sparkling in the sky it was the most lovely time of my life but we did not find the Southern Cross”. Queensland children are outdo…

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Health Benefits To Children From Contact With The Outdoors & Nature

4 Jun 2015

The following literature review and overview document summarizes literature related to outdoor and nature contact and children's health and wellbeing.  They have been taken from five volumes of research developed by the Children & Nature Network (C&NN).   View Docu…

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The Health of Queenslanders 2014

23 Mar 2015

The health of Queenslanders 2014: Fifth report of the Chief Health Officer Queensland.  The health of Queenslanders is a report from the Chief Health Officer to inform Queenslanders about the health status of the population.  This QLD Health Report “comes at a time when we, as a s…

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Beyond Blue to Green

14 Feb 2015

The benefits of contact with nature for mental health and well-being Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over civilised people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains…

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