Research

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's Education Coordinator and the developer and trainer of our ‘Introduction to Forest Learning Workshop’, w…

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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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Managing Risk in Play Provision

14 Feb 2015

Managing Risk in Play Provision Currently our society appears to be obsessed with achieving zero risk in play provision for our children. This has severely restricted the learning opportunities available to children and, according to research around the world, is negatively impacting on growt…

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The Dirt on Dirt: How Getting Dirty Outdoors Benefits Kids

14 Feb 2015

HERE IS THE DIRT ON DIRT “Don’t track mud in the house!” “Wash your hands before dinner!” “You can’t play with that, you don’t know where it’s been!” Parents wear those phrases out like old blue jeans put through the s…

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Children & Nature Network resources

1 Dec 2014

The Children and Nature network has assembled an excellent library of documents, from research articles to how-to guides. Find all of these fantastic resources at the link below.…

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Beyond the bubble-wrap: understanding parents' fears

15 Oct 2014

As children grow and develop, they need to learn independence and autonomy. Their parents have a critical – and sometimes difficult – role in supporting them to do this. Many people think that today’s parents are too worried about their children’s safety and aren’t g…

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