Research Library

We provide detailed summaries and citations for peer-reviewed research articles as well as links to those that are publicly available, or to publishers’ websites when not publicly available. Access via an educational institution or payment may be required in some cases to access full studies and source documents.

Your search returned the following 147 results.

Social and physical environmental factors influencing adolescents’ physical activity in urban public open spaces: A qualitative study using walk-along interviews

A combination of social and physical factors influences visits to and behavior in public open spaces.

Social contexts of development in natural outdoor environments: Children’s motor activities, personal challenges and peer interactions at the river and the creek

Unstructured natural environments offer more personal challenges than semi-structured natural environments.

The influence of the neighborhood physical environment on early child health and development: A review and call for research

Research shows a positive association between neighborhood physical environment and early child health and development

An investigation of the status of outdoor play

Children spend less time playing outdoors than their mothers did when they were young

Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

Increasing the amount of time children spend outdoors can help prevent the development of myopia

Now being social: The barrier of designing outdoor play spaces for disabled 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

A randomized controlled trial for families with preschool children - Promoting healthy eating and active playtime by connecting to nature

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.

Comparing apples and pears?: A conceptual framework for understanding forms of outdoor learning through comparison of English Forest Schools and Danish udeskole

The Danish udeskole is more integrated in the national educational system than are Forest Schools in England

How to engage children with nature: Why not just let them play?

Free and spontaneous play is more effective than planned activities in promoting children’s interaction with nature

Residential environment for outdoor play among children in Latino farmworker families

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

Nature by default in early childhood education for sustainability

Early childhood education for sustainability calls for more meaningful engagement of children with nature.

Children and nearby nature: A nationwide parental survey from Norway

Nearby nature, even when easily accessed, is not an integrated part of Norwegian children’s daily life

Enabling play friendly places

Creating “play friendly places” can be an effective way to counteract some of the deterrents to active outdoor play


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