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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.

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How does psychological restoration work in children? An exploratory study

Both place and activity influenced children’s perception of restorativeness in three different experimental conditions with varying degrees of naturalness

Natural environments and childhood experiences promoting physical activity, examining the mediational effects of feelings about nature and social networks

Feelings about nature and social networks mediate the strength of other predictors of physical activity in natural environments.

Benefits of nature contact for children

Research findings make a compelling case for incorporating into community plans provisions for access to nature in the places where children live, play, and learn

Life trajectories of youth committing to climate activism

A concern for both nature and social justice influence youth to commit to climate change mitigation.

Curious play: Children’s exploration of nature

Curiosity, not risk, may be the motivating factor in children’s playful engagement with nature.

Let’s play at the park! Family pathways promoting spiritual resources to inspire nature, pretend play, storytelling, intergenerational play and celebrations.

Playful activities in outdoor natural spaces can support the holistic development of young children and promote their spirituality.

Significant life experiences, motivations and values of climate change educators

People involved in climate change education and mitigation cite social justice issues as more motivating for action than concerns about the non-human environment and do not identify childhood experiences in nature as a major formative influence in their pro-environmental actions.

Rural, low-income mothers’ use of family-based nature activities to promote family health

Rural, low-income mothers identify access to free nature-based recreational opportunities as a major contributor to the health of individual family members and healthy family functioning

Memories of vacant lots: How and why residents used informal urban green space as children and teenagers in Brisbane, Australia, and Sapporo, Japan

Adults from two geographically and culturally distinct cities report access to informal green space as children and few concerns about risks, in contrast to today.

Why do children not play in nearby nature? Results from a Norwegian survey

Parents identified social factors related to time pressures as a greater barrier for children’s engagement with nearby nature than accessibility and attributes in the physical landscape.

The effects of school gardens on children’s science knowledge: A randomized controlled trial of low-income elementary schools

A school garden intervention – consisting of both garden-related lessons and gardening activities – had a positive effect on children’s knowledge of plant science and nutritional science

Nature’s role in children’s spiritual development

Childhood experiences in nature enhance care for self and others and contribute to spiritual development

‘The woods is a more free space for children to be creative; their imagination kind of sparks out there’: exploring young children’s cognitive play opportunities in natural, manufactured and mixed outdoor preschool zones

Natural and mixed (natural combined with manufactured) playgrounds yield more opportunities for cognitive play, challenging experiences, and knowledge of the environment than traditional playgrounds.

Adventure programs and diverse family styles

Adventure programs enhance youths’ perceived interest and psychological needs dependent, to some extent, on family style

Exploring salutogenic mechanisms of an outdoor experiential learning programme on youth care farms in the Netherlands: Untapped potential?

A strengths-based approach to experiential education proves valuable for at-risk youth

A repeated measurement study investigating the impact of school outdoor environment upon physical activity across ages and seasons in Swedish second, fifth and eighth graders.

Vegetation and woodlands in schoolyards lead to increased physical activity levels in children, but the effects depend on gender

School recess and group classroom behavior

Children’s classroom behavior is better if they have recess

Children's pastimes and play in sixteen nations

Children’s activities outside of school are similar across nations

Race, ethnicity, and visitation to national parks in the United States: Tests of the marginality, discrimination, and subculture hypotheses with national-level survey data

Marginalization and cultural preferences are major reasons for low visitation to national parks by people of color

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