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Outdoor Education and Children: A Formula for Success in School, By Trackers Northwest

October 8, 2012

The correlation between outdoor education and youth-related behavior and academic improvement has long been recognized and supported. However, researchers continue to flesh out this argument and identify benefits that apply to today’s children and adolescents. In recent years, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Children & Nature Network (CN&N) have produced reports that conclude that youth who spend time outdoors often score higher on standardized tests.

The NWF’s “Back to School: Back Outside” report noted a wide range of academic benefits stemming from regular outdoor play, exploration, and learning. The study stated that those benefits include better classroom behavior, increased motivation and enthusiasm for learning, and stronger performance in social studies, reading, math, and science. The NWF report went on to identify that outdoor time led to reduced cases of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The CN&N study, titled “Children’s Contact with the Outdoors and Nature: A Focus on Educators and Educational Settings,” examined and noted the importance of recess, field trips, outdoor learning, and similar opportunities to academic achievement, increased responsibility, and higher test scores.

About Trackers Northwest: Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Trackers Northwest offers survival courses and outdoor education to families, youths, and adults.

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