Staffordshire Wildlife Trust welcomes a study by the Institute of Education at UCL, commissioned by The Wildlife Trusts, to evaluate the impact that experiencing nature has upon children. The study focused on over 450 primary school children and the effects of Wildlife Trust-led activities on their wellbeing.
This is one of the largest studies into the effects of outdoor activities on children’s wellbeing and views about nature.
Overall, the research revealed that children’s wellbeing increased after they had spent time connecting with nature: the children showed an increase in their personal wellbeing and health over time; they showed an increase in nature connection and demonstrated high levels of enjoyment.
Alexis Johnson, Senior Learning Officer at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, says:
“Reports like this one help educators demonstrate the value of school trips to locations like ours, as well as our outreach, school grounds improvements, and training programmes. We’re pleased to see a report that legitimises our long history of environmental education and outdoor play – both truly worthwhile
forms of engagement.”