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C&NN hopes you will use this collection of scientific literature to browse, learn and share current and emerging findings that can help make a solid case based on the research to policy-makers, school boards, community groups, health providers, urban planners and others that can influence the systems to connect children, families and communities to nature.

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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.

Theorizing family-based nature activities and family functioning: The integration of attention restoration theory with a family routines and rituals perspective

Family-based nature activities can promote positive family functioning more so than other types of leisure contexts.

A cross-sectional analysis of the effects of residential greenness on blood pressure in 10-year old children: Results from the GINIplus and LISAplus studies

Neighborhood greenness is associated with blood pressure in children

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