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.

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Science in the Learning Gardens (SciLG): A study of students' motivation, achievement, and science identity in low-income middle schools

Students’ motivational experiences in garden-based learning predict science engagement, learning and achievement

Neighborhood environments and socioeconomic inequalities in mental well-being

Access to green areas may disrupt the usual conversion of socioeconomic inequalities to inequalities in mental well-being

"It's good to learn about the plants": Promoting social justice and community health through the development of a Maya environmental and cultural heritage curriculum in southern Belize

An environmental and cultural heritage curriculum can promote social justice and contribute to the health and wellness of Indigenous communities

Systematic literature review on built environment effects on physical activity and active transport - an update and new findings on health equity

Built environment interventions show promise of increasing physical activity levels in children and adults but further research is needed to understand inequitable access to infrastructure improvements

"We can keep the fire burning": Building action competence through environmental justice education in Uganda and Germany

Multi-national projects can be effective in building on cultural and social diversity to help young people become confident and capable environmental actors

Fox palaces: The playful occupation of a Johannesburg city park

Creating safe space for children to play outdoors could become a tool for social transformation and achieving justice in an urban public space

Maintaining experiences of nature as a city grows

As cities grow, careful management is needed to balance access to both backyards and public green spaces and to ensure a more equitable distribution of reductions in access to nature

A review of the benefits of nature experiences: More than meets the eye

Investigations into the benefits of nature to humans should consider how such benefits are delivered through the full range of our senses

Nature contact and human health: A research agenda

A multidisciplinary team of scholars developed a research agenda to further the evidence of the health benefits of contact with nature

Exploring attitudes, perceived norms, and personal agency: Insights into theory-based messages to encourage park-based physical activity in low-income urban neighborhoods

Improved maintenance, marketing and messaging may promote physical activity in parks

The relationship between neighbourhood green space and child mental wellbeing depends upon whom you ask: Multilevel evidence from 3083 children aged 12-13 years

Neighborhood green space is associated with better child mental wellbeing, but this relationship depends on who reports the data

Love and social justice in learning for sustainability

Learning for sustainability requires a social justice approach applicable to both humans and the more-than-human world

Geotheorizing mountain-child relations within anthropogenic inheritances

Early childhood pedagogy based on relationality rather than separation could serve as a form of resistance to an extractive relationship with the more-than-human world

Helping youth transition into an alternative residential school setting: Exploring the effects of a wilderness orientation program on youth purpose and identity complexity

Adolescents who participate in wilderness program experience enhanced identity complexity and sense of purpose

Does a nurturing approach that uses an outdoor play environment build resilience in children from a challenging background?

Children from challenging backgrounds experience improved well-being and resilience after participating in nurturing outdoor program

A 10-day developmental voyage: Converging evidence from three studies showing that self-esteem may be elevated and maintained without negative outcomes

Adolescents’ participation in a sailing voyage increases self-esteem, decreases gender bias, does not increase other negative outcomes, and sustains these changes over time

Contact with nature and children’s wellbeing in educational settings

Social interaction, stress and attention may improve in one- to three-year-olds by free play in outdoor green space

The effect of playground- and nature-based playtime interventions on physical activity and self-esteem in UK school children

Participation in playground sports and nature orientation program increases self-esteem in children, but only playground sports increases moderate to vigorous physical activity

The effect of an animal-assisted reading program on the reading rate, accuracy and comprehension of grade 3 students: A randomized control study

Third grade students significantly improve reading comprehension and retention when reading with a dog in an animal-assisted reading program

The development of conservation behaviors in childhood and youth

Time in nature, environmental socialization, and experiential learning promote conservation ethic


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