Children’s physical activity is associated with modifiable features of the built environment
Greenspace promotes both physical activity and emotional well-being.
A combination of social and physical factors influences visits to and behavior in public open spaces.
Neighborhood greenness increases physical activity in preschoolers
Unstructured natural environments offer more personal challenges than semi-structured natural environments.
Factors influencing environmental attitudes of historic conservationists include interaction with nature, family and education.
Children engage in a variety of risk-taking behaviors at a Forest Kindergarten.
Childhood nature experiences may be an important pathway to adult environmental attitudes and behaviors
The availability of supportive and diverse play environments and children’s access to neighborhood space has declined
Child-directed non-structured play is important in promoting pro-social learning opportunities, development and connection with nature
Research shows a positive association between neighborhood physical environment and early child health and development
Schoolyard habitat projects bring natural benefits to school and students
Park’s natural play space encourages unstructured, creative, cooperative play and exploration
Renovating outdoor play spaces may increase activity level, interest in nature, and socialization in children
Parents identify safety as the biggest barrier to children’s independent play
Parental constraints have always been present, but in this generation they seem to exert much greater control on children’s play
Parental concerns are more influential than the availability of play spaces in determining children’s play opportunities
Children’s use of space has changed from being primarily outdoors to indoors and has become increasingly adult supervised
Children spend less time playing outdoors than their mothers did when they were young
Increasing the amount of time children spend outdoors can help prevent the development of myopia
Variation in the outdoor environment is important for supporting outdoor activities.
Individual immigrant experiences vary widely with respect to views of forest recreation
In park-poor urban areas, abundant vacant lots and alleyways can be replanned to enhance outdoor play for children
The design of outdoor play spaces can be improved to better facilitate play for disabled children by including them in the planning process and connecting designers with the knowledge they need to plan appropriately
Natural playscapes foster more sustained, constructive, and cooperative play
Forest school nature play offers multiple benefits for six and seven year old children
Natural playgrounds foster dramatic play in preschool children
Access to other children and frequent visits affect children’s perceptions of nature play
Playful styles of nature engagement yield multiple benefits for children
Family engagement in outdoor recreation: Understanding constraints informs opportunities for park managers
Natural play space at a zoo exhibit influences children’s play and parents’ knowledge, perceptions and intention to visit natural areas
Community gardening activities promote relational methods of learning, community development, environmental activism, and cultural integration.
Nature playscapes encourage creativity, problem-solving and self-determination
A proposed study aims to measure the effectiveness of “connectedness to nature” as a factor in promoting physical activity and healthy eating in young children.
Parental attitudes towards nature influence children’s time spent playing in nature
The Danish udeskole is more integrated in the national educational system than are Forest Schools in England
“Residential islands” negatively influence the amount of time children spend outdoors
Environmental playability influences physical activity in children
Free and spontaneous play is more effective than planned activities in promoting children’s interaction with nature
Place attachment is important to children and youth’s disaster preparedness and recovery
More age appropriate toys and more limits on media usage are associated with higher levels of young children’s active play in Latino farmworker families
Early childhood education for sustainability calls for more meaningful engagement of children with nature.
Young children know more about small animals than about trees in their neighborhoods
Safety concerns limit opportunities for risky play
Awkward multispecies encounters work against indifference and invite a new kind of ethics
Nearby nature, even when easily accessed, is not an integrated part of Norwegian children’s daily life
Children find ways to rebuild relationships with natural places from which they are excluded
Play settings with a combination of natural and manufactured elements support cognitive play and are highly preferred by young children
Parents consider outdoor play an important part of their child’s time at child care
Creating “play friendly places” can be an effective way to counteract some of the deterrents to active outdoor play