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Research Reports and Data Studies in Aggregate


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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Nature by default in early childhood education for sustainability

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

Environmental determinants of aggression in adolescents: Role of urban neighborhood greenspace

Increased residential greenspace is associated with decreased aggressive behaviors

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

Outdoor education and science achievement

Outdoor learning experiences can promote science content knowledge and positive environmental attitudes

Does participating in physical activity in outdoor natural environments have a greater effect on physical and mental wellbeing than physical activity indoors? A systematic review

Exercising in natural environments has greater physical and mental health benefits than exercising indoors

Time outdoors and the prevention of myopia

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

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