Benefits of nature for children's health, Fact Sheet #1

Chawla, L., & Cushing, D. F.

Access to nature contributes to the health and well-being of young people, and helps to form a foundation for the development of responsible environmental behavior. The planning and development professions can play a key role in ensuring that young people have access to nature in their everyday lives. This factsheet summarizes studies that identify some of the benefits that children can gain.

Outcome Area
  • academic performance
  • self efficacy
  • environmental knowledge, attitude and awareness
  • stewardship behavior
  • environmental change
Participant Area
  • student
  • program
  • school
  • community
Demographic Area
  • urban
  • suburban
  • special education
Age Area
  • elementary (6-11 years old)
  • middle school (12-14 years old)