A vital factor in children’s education is a sense of wonder, and nothing stimulates wonder more readily than the natural world. Open green space and access to nature are important for childhood development – they have positive impacts on their:
- Education and personal and social skills
- Physical health
- Emotional wellbeing
Children acquire life skills through playing outside in their communities, including sharing, looking out for one another and asking for help. Engagement in their local environment fosters respect for the public arena allowing them to make a positive contribution to their local neighbourhood.
Environmental education is an ideal way to integrate academic disciplines, stimulate the academic and social growth of young people, and promote conservation of the natural environment. It gives opportunities for students to become engaged in real world issues that transcend classroom walls. They can see the relevance of their classroom studies to the complex environmental issues confronting our planet and they can acquire the skills they’ll need to be creative problem solvers and powerful advocates.
Our Learning Naturally aim
For every child in North East England to maximise their creativity, academic performance and healthy development with access to outdoor learning throughout their school life.
- Provide support to schools to enable opportunities and mechanisms to be put in place for children to access more nature based outdoor learning.
- Work with local businesses to innovatively help towards costs of providing outdoor learning days for children and young people.
- Support educators with evidence and means to identify local need and opportunities for all children and young people to experience naturalised
Inspired by nature
Nature infuses much creative and scientific work and has inspired the world’s greatest scientists, artists and writers for millennia. Therefore, it makes sense to create places that expose our children and young people to natural sources of inspiration throughout their learning experiences and into their adult lives.
“Look deep into nature and then you’ll understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein.
Children and young people care too!
It is worth noting that various studies have shown that young people do care about the environment and wildlife and feel that leaders, politicians and decision makers should care too. They also think that environmental protection to prevent environmental pollution should be taught in schools.