Weekly Forest Walks are part of our Play-based Program. How do children benefit from going to the forest?
Recent research studies illustrate that using the outdoors as a learning resource is highly beneficial for physical, mental, social and emotional development in children, young people and adults:
Educators proposed several benefits, including:
- Enhanced Environmental Awareness
- Increased Risk-Taking Skills
- Better Self-Regulation Skills
- Improved Mental Health
- Increased Confidence
- Advanced Gross Motor Skills
- Increased Imaginative Play
- Greater Resiliency
Nature plays a big part in a young learners development. As they explore they are deepening their relationship with nature and learning from the world around them. Children need real life, first hand experiences. They are observers and explorers by nature and develop an understanding of themselves and the environment they are in. Frequent, unstructured childhood play in natural settings has been found to be the most common influence on the development of life-long conservation values.
Enjoy our Forest Exploration Video:
Yours in Learning,
The Pre-K Team