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5 Ways Nature Can Help Make Kids Smarter

5 Ways Nature Can Help Make Kids Smarter

Nature provides obvious benefits to us from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the food we eat. Only recently has there been interest in showcasing the benefits it has on helping kids learn and live better. From reducing stress to improving creativity, nature nurtures the mind. Studies suggest that a simple 20 minute walk outside can help kids concentrate. More surprising and less obvious is that experiences in nature can improve confidence and problem-solving skills.

Back to school shouldn’t mean back inside, and this year nature can help your kids get back into the school groove.

As the back-to-school season kicks into high gear, the lesson we learned is that more indoor book time is not necessarily the best activity for kids to develop and learn. Finding time to get outdoors can help them get the most out of the academic year.

Here are a few ideas to get more outdoor time this fall. How are you going to incorporate nature and outdoor time into your kids’ back to school routine?

Nature Rocks Infographic

A new infographic by The Nature Conservancy's Nature Rocks program shows how nature helps children live and learn better.

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10:25AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

How many generations need to 'learn' this before it becomes the standard?Nature is the foundation of our being. Not holding this as a fundimental principal is why we ignor so much of the damage that is done to our eco-systems.

4:44AM PDT on Sep 3, 2014

thank you for sharing

5:34PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Who'd a thunk?

5:03PM PDT on Sep 2, 2014

Kind of strange that with all the studies out there, they just figured out that nature is beneficial to kids' intelligence. Thanks.

7:00PM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

Interesting.

9:58AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

nature is under-rated.

9:14AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

I was in a pilot project, many years ago, wherein a group of children were taken out of school for the last 2 weeks and we went to a beautiful setting, with cabins and did outdoor activities. My forte was Arts and Crafts in the great outdoors, it was inspiring:))

4:53AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

We should help the nature like the way we're helped

12:52AM PDT on Sep 1, 2014

These are first letters of alphabet... sadly this kind of articles are needed for "new modern high tech parents"...

7:39PM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

When we were children, we were always spending time outside surrounded by Nature, we rarely stayed inside.

Nothing too surprising here, the more Nature, the better.

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