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Research: benefits of outdoor learning

Here are some sources of research and evidence linked to the learning and health and wellbeing benefits associated with outdoor learning and developing a connection with nature.

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Connection with Nature 

The RSPB believes that connecting with nature should be a part of every child’s life. This research page includes a methodology for measuring children's connection to nature and other nature connection research they have commissioned.

These include: 

  • Every Child Outdoors Wales

  • The Impact of Children's Connection to Nature

  • Connecting with Nature Report

Engagement with Nature 

Engagement with Nature and Covid restrictions.

This study explores people’s connection with trees, woodlands and wider nature before and during the Covid-19 pandemic and the benefits they gained from these interactions.  It is based on results from an on-line survey which was open from mid- June to July 2020. It was carried out as part of the Active Forests Programme which is funded by Forestry England and Sport England with support from the National Lottery.

Connection with Nature: Evidence

Connection with Nature: Evidence briefing (EIN015)

This Natural England Connection to Nature (CTN)  evidence briefing reviews international evidence for health and wellbeing impacts.

Sub-documents explore links between natural environments and:  

  •  learning (EIN017) 

  • mental health (EIN018)

  •  physical activity:  (EIN019)

  •  physiological health:  (EIN020)

  •  obesity: evidence briefing (EIN021)

Wales Council for Outdoor Learning is not responsible for the content, standard or reliability of the websites, courses or resources linked from this page.


Listing should not be taken as an endorsement of any kind. We cannot guarantee that these links will work all the time and we have no control over the availability of linked pages.

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