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Nature connection & nature deficit

A comprehensive reference section on Nature Deficit Disorder and the importance of nature connection - one of the key components of Forest School - with research & reports, guides & articles, video and more.

Research, reports, news items etc, are, as much as possible, arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top

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Nature connection article & tips

Is your practice nature connection or nature contact? And does it matter?
Forest School practitioner & trainer Louise Ambrose considers.
From The Outdoor Practitioner magazine, Autumn 2021.

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Nature Connection deepen OP3 p3

7 ways to deepen your connection with nature

7 ways to deepen your connection with nature Muddy Faces OP3

pdf, 286.51 KB

The Healing Power of Gratitude

Forest School practitioner & trainer Louise Ambrose reflects on thankfulness & nature connection and offers 5 tips for sharing gratitude practices with children.

This article appeared in issue 4 of the Outdoor Practitioner - our free online magazine.
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The Healing Power of Gratitude

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Childhood nature connection and constructive hope: a review of research on connecting with nature and coping with environmental loss

Review of literature on young people's connectedness with nature and how it relates to their well-being and stewardship
behaviour; research on how young people cope with information about large-scale environmental problems; and practices to sustain hope.
Louise Chawla in People and Nature, 13 June 2020. Click below to download pdf

Chawla People and Nature 2020 Childhood nature connection and constructive hope A review of research on connecting

pdf, 1.94 MB

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Connecting to nature

Links to organisations & projects whose ethos is about getting children and families outside and connecting with nature.

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Benefits of Forest School

The benefits of attending Forest School are many and far-reaching, but also difficult to measure. Below we list some, but by no means all, of the benefits of Forest School on various aspects of a person’s life or development.

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Research, reports: health, wellbeing

Evidence for the benefits to children of outdoor play and learning & spending time in nature.

Arranged in chronological order, most recent at the top

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