Resources

Research

There is an enormous amount of scientific literature explaining the physical and mental health benefits to children from contact with nature and the outdoors, most of which is available online. The annotated bibliographies listed below summarise the breadth of literature available.

It's a bit heavy if you're only after the key facts, so in time we plan to summarise some of this research on our website. If you don't have time to read through the research we recommend you get started by browsing the Children and Nature Network website. It's a great source of information and you're sure to find something to inspire you.

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  1. Charles, C. (2007). Children & Nature Network Research Studies. Volume 1, February 2007. Children and Nature Network. Available via: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/
  2. Senauer, A. (2007). Children & Nature Network Research Studies. Volume 2, June 2007. Yale University. Available via: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/
  3. Senauer, A. (2008). Children & Nature Network Research Studies. Volume 3, September 2008. Yale University. Available via: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/
  4. Senauer Loge, A. (2009). Children & Nature Network Research Studies. Volume 4, September 2009. Yale University. Available via: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/
  5. Senauer Loge, A. (2011). Children & Nature Network Research Studies. Volume 5, November 2011. Yale University. Available via: http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/
  6. Deakin University and Parks Victoria (2008). Healthy Parks Healthy People: The health benefits of contact with nature in a park context. A review of relevant literature. 2nd Edition. School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Medicine, Nursing and Behavioural Sciences. Deakin University, Burwood, Melbourne.

Available via: http://parkweb.vic.gov.au/about-us/healthy-parks-healthy-people/the-research

 

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