Children are spending a significant amount of time indoors than playing outside, especially as we attempt to normalize life through Covid-19 but research has shown numerous benefits of playing in nature which is why we incorporate in our play. We believe that this exposure not only fosters a value for nurturing our environment but it creates a bond to nature that promotes cognitive and social development.

8 Benefits of Nature Play

1. Improves Focus and Concentration: Spending time in nature improves children’s ability to focus and concentrate. Studies have demonstrated that nature-based experiential education supports significant academic gains in social studies, science, language, arts, and mathematics as time in nature exposes children to varying situations where they are forced to learn and adapt.

2. Improves Physical Development: Regular outdoor play promotes increased flexibility and gross motor skills. Playing on uneven conditions and surfaces helps children to hone their coordination and balancing skills. Outdoor time also improves vision.

3. Healthy Risks & Increased Confidence: Climbing on rocks or logs helps children understand real world risks; they become better at-risk assessment and gain confidence when they have accomplished something new. Even if they sustain a minor injury, something in them grows. The lessons we learn from failure are as important as those we learn from success.

4. Provides Collaboration: When children play in nature, they learn how to work together. They learn to make friends, how to share and cooperate, how to treat others. If they only interact in structured settings, such as school or sports teams, they can’t learn everything they need to know. In nature, children can collaborate to solve problems together.

6. Reduces Illness: Regular exposure to the outside world boosts one’s immune system. When children play outside their risk of obesity decreases. Children who play in nature fall sick less often than those who restrict themselves to indoor spaces.

7. Improves Creativity: When children play outside they use their own imagination to problem-solve and entertain themselves rather than depending on adults.  Creativity must be learned and practiced — and to do this, children need unstructured time. They need time alone and with other children, and to be allowed to make up their own games, figure things out, and amuse themselves.

8. Appreciation of nature: If a child grows up never walking in the woods, digging in soil, seeing animals in their habitat, climbing a mountain, playing in a stream, or staring at the endless horizon of an ocean, they may never really understand what there is to be lost. The future of our planet depends on our children; they need to learn to appreciate it.

We know our campers learn while adventuring, especially in outdoor play! We want children to experience learning nature up close a fun environment as they participate in hands-on activities in nature.

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