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Thursday, 09 December 2010 15:48

Get Outside!

Written by  Kristen Poppleton, Director of Education
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In the middle of the day, working from home, I decided to take my dog for a walk.  I felt guilty, like I was slacking, but the sun was shining and it was 28 degrees, balmy for mid-December in Minnesota.  As I walked along and let my mind wander a bit, I was reminded of how important and helpful taking some time outside can be.  My "end of the workweek" brain started waking up, I had new ideas, and I felt excited to get back to work. The benefits of getting outside for short periods of the day for chidren's health, attention span and general wellbeing is well supported.

The Children and Nature Network has reviewed a number of studies that show the benefits of even a short time spent outside.  Results from some of these studies show:
  • the positive benefits to inner city youth, particularly girls, from access to greenspaces for play. Even a view of green settings enhances peace, self-control, and self-discipline. (Taylor, http://www.lhhl.uiuc.edu/)
  • enhanced self-esteem, self-confidence, independence, autonomy and initiative (Kellert,http://www.nols.edu/resources/research/pdfs/kellert.complete.text.pdf)

At our 2010 Summer Institute Cannon River STEM School Director, Nalani McCutcheon, spoke to the importance of getting students outside and how they manage it at their school.  Video from her presentation can be watched below.

SI2010 Nalani McCutcheon from Will Steger Foundation on Vimeo.

Last modified on Thursday, 23 December 2010 14:39