This week the Wildlife Trusts released a report detailing the results of a two year study conducted by the Institute of Education at UCL looking at the impact of outdoor activities on primary school children. 451 children, mostly aged 8-9 years old, took part in the study, which saw them engage in outdoor activities with their local Wildlife Trust.
Overall, the research revealed that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature: the children showed an increase in their personal wellbeing and health over time; they showed an increase in nature connection and demonstrated high levels of enjoyment. The children also gained educational benefits as well as wider personal and social benefits:
- 90% of children felt they learned something new about the natural world
- 79% felt that their experience could help their school work
- After their activities 84% of children felt that they were capable of doing new things when they tried
- 79% of children reported feeling more confident in themselves
- 81% agreed that they had better relationships with their teachers
- 79% reported better relationships with their class‐mates