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A new study from the University of Derby found that young people’s connection to nature drops sharply from the age of 11 and doesn’t recover until they are 30. The trend has significant implications for their engagement with pro-environmental behaviors like recycling or buying eco-friendly products. The study analyzed survey responses from almost 4,000 adults and children.read more
A new study found that playgrounds that mimic the natural environment offer physical and mental benefits for preschool children. The research project, conducted by researchers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, set out to redesign the outdoor play space at a preschool for children from low-income households. Redesign included adding features inspired by nature and provided an opportunity for researchers to learn how the changes impacted children’s play patterns. The incorporation of natural elements in playgrounds was shown to positively influence children’s motor skill development and physical activity and to enrich the preschool curriculumread more