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Are you looking for research about environmental literacy, the benefits of connecting to nature, fostering environmental behaviors, and more? You’ve come to the right spot! eeRESEARCH combines research for environmental education and the movement to connect children and nature. The database includes multiple ways to search for articles, syntheses, and research summaries. Learn more > 

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An analysis of the educational and health-related benefits of nature-based environmental education in low-income Black and Hispanic children

Nature-based environmental education programs may improve health-related quality of life and STEM capacity in low-income Black and Hispanic youth

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Sprague, N., Berrigan, D., & Ekenga, C. C.. (2020). An analysis of the educational and health-related benefits of nature-based environmental education in low-income Black and Hispanic children. Health Equity, 4(1), 198-210. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/heq.2019.0118
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Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviors of Canadian children and youth: A national survey

The immediate collateral consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak include a decrease in the movement and play behaviors of Canadian children and youth

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Moore, S. A., Faulkner, G., Rhodes, R. E., Brussoni, M., Chulak-Bozzer, T., Ferguson, L. J., et al.. (2020). Impact of the COVID-19 virus outbreak on movement and play behaviors of Canadian children and youth: A national survey. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity , 17(85), 1-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12966-020-00987-8
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Being and becoming in nature: Defining and measuring connection to nature in young children

Young children often express the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive dimensions of connection to nature differently than adults and older children

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Beery, T., Chawla, L., & Leven, P.. (2020). Being and becoming in nature: Defining and measuring connection to nature in young children. International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education, 7(3), 3-22.
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The health impact of nature exposure and green exercise across the life course: A pilot study

Nature exposure and green exercise during childhood predict adult nature exposure and green exercise, as well as connectedness to nature

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Wood, C. J., & Smyth, N.. (2020). The health impact of nature exposure and green exercise across the life course: A pilot study. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 30(2), 226-235. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09603123.2019.1593327
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Assessing the social value of ecosystem services for resilient riparian greenway planning and management in an urban community

Using Importance-Performance Analysis can help set the direction for sustainability-focused landscape planning and management

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Lee, J., Kweon, B., Ellis, C. D., & Lee, S.. (2020). Assessing the social value of ecosystem services for resilient riparian greenway planning and management in an urban community . International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(9 ). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17093261
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Experiencing nature to satisfy basic psychological needs in parenting: A quasi-experiment in family shelters

Family nature engagement when living in a shelter can support parents’ psychological needs

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Peters, E., Mass, J., Hovinga, D., Bogerd, N. V. den, & Schuengel, C.. (2020). Experiencing nature to satisfy basic psychological needs in parenting: A quasi-experiment in family shelters . International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17228657
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Impact of residential green space on sleep quality and sufficiency in children and adolescents residing in Australia and Germany

Children and adolescents living in greener areas in two different countries did not have higher odds of more positive sleep outcomes

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Feng, X., Flexeder, C., Markevych, I., Standl, M., Heinrich, J., Schikowski, T., et al.. (2020). Impact of residential green space on sleep quality and sufficiency in children and adolescents residing in Australia and Germany . International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(13), 1-16. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134894
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Nature prescriptions for health: A review of evidence and research opportunities

Nature prescription programs are growing faster than the evidence base to support and guide such programs

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Kondo, M. C., Oyekanmi, K. O., Gibson, A., South, E. C., Bocarro, J., & Hipp, J. A.. (2020). Nature prescriptions for health: A review of evidence and research opportunities. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124213
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The association between green space and adolescents' mental well-being: A systematic review

Greater amounts of green space appear to have a positive impact on the mental well-being of adolescents

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Zhang, Y., Mavoa, S., Zhao, J., Raphael, D., & Smith, M.. (2020). The association between green space and adolescents' mental well-being: A systematic review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(6640). doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186640
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The association of knowledge, attitudes and access with park use before and after a park-prescription intervention for low-income families in the U.S.

Knowing where to go, valuing nature, and having a better understanding of time and money resources may increase the likelihood of families visiting a park

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Razani, N., Hills, N. K., Thompson, D., & Rutherford, G. W.. (2020). The association of knowledge, attitudes and access with park use before and after a park-prescription intervention for low-income families in the U.S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030701
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Tool for Observing Play Outdoors (TOPO): A new typology for capturing children’s play behaviors in outdoor environments

A new play observation tool was designed to study child-initiated outdoor play and to evaluate the play environment itself

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Loebach, J., & Cox, A.. (2020). Tool for Observing Play Outdoors (TOPO): A new typology for capturing children’s play behaviors in outdoor environments. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health , 17(15). doi:http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.3390/ijerph17155611
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Is play a choice? Application of the capabilities approach to children with disabilities on the school playground

Focusing on capabilities versus deficits may enhance the play experiences of children with disabilities on the school playground

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Sterman, J. J., Naughton, G. A., Bundy, A. C., Froude, E., & Villeneuve, M. A.. (2020). Is play a choice? Application of the capabilities approach to children with disabilities on the school playground. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 24(6), 579-596. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2018.1472819
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Indoor nature-based play therapy: Taking the natural world inside the playroom

Nature engagement during an indoor counseling session may range from being present to nature to actively interacting with natural materials

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Swank, J. M., Walker, K. L. A., & Shin, S. M.. (2020). Indoor nature-based play therapy: Taking the natural world inside the playroom. International Journal of Play Therapy, 29(3), 155-162. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pla0000123
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An investigation on the environmental knowledge and attitudes of senior middle school students in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Positive correlation between environmental knowledge and attitudes found in Korean middle school students

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Choe, J. - H., Kim, C. - H., & Ri, G. - H.. (2020). An investigation on the environmental knowledge and attitudes of senior middle school students in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(2), 146 - 162. presented at the 2020/05//.
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Exploring the effects of an environmental education course on the awareness and perceptions of climate change risks among seventh and eighth grade learners in South Africa

Intentional environmental education positively impacts climate change risk perceptions and associations

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Nkoana, E. Modikela. (2020). Exploring the effects of an environmental education course on the awareness and perceptions of climate change risks among seventh and eighth grade learners in South Africa. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(1), 7 - 22. presented at the 2020/02//.
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Fostering students geographic systems thinking by enriching causal diagrams with scale. Results of an intervention study

Causal diagrams enriched with spatial scales can strengthen student understanding of relationships in geography education

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Cox, M., Elen, J., & Steegen, A.. (2020). Fostering students geographic systems thinking by enriching causal diagrams with scale. Results of an intervention study. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(2), 112 - 128. presented at the 2020/05//.
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Real-world geographers and geography students using GIS: relevance, everyday applications and the development of geographical knowledge

GIS experts in school curriculum can foster students’ understanding of GIS and its real-world applications

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Healy, G., & Walshe, N.. (2020). Real-world geographers and geography students using GIS: relevance, everyday applications and the development of geographical knowledge. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(2), 178 - 196. presented at the 2020/05//.
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Sociographic analysis of climate change awareness and pro-environmental behaviour of secondary school teachers and students in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria

Students’ and teachers’ awareness of climate change and pro-environmental behavior willingness reveal gender differences, and more

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Eze, E. (2020). Sociographic analysis of climate change awareness and pro-environmental behaviour of secondary school teachers and students in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, Nigeria. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(1), 89 - 105. presented at the 2020/02//.
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The usability of economic maps for students of various age groups: an example for a discussion of a multi-stage concept of teaching aids

Age-appropriate maps enhance learning and application

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Bláha, J. D., & Kučerová, S. R.. (2020). The usability of economic maps for students of various age groups: an example for a discussion of a multi-stage concept of teaching aids. International Research in Geographical & Environmental Education, 29(2), 129 - 145. presented at the 2020/05//.
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Game-based e-learning for urban tourism education through an online scenario game

Game-based learning can provide students with knowledge and shift attitudes on environmental subjects

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Chan, C. - S., Chan, Y. -hang, & Fong, T. Heung Agne. (2020). Game-based e-learning for urban tourism education through an online scenario game. International Research in Geographical and Environmental Education, 29(4), 283 - 300. presented at the 2020/10/01/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/10382046.2019.1698834
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A study of the experiences of children aged 7-11 taking part in mindful approaches in local nature reserves

Mindfulness in nature could promote transcendent and holistic understandings consistent with indigenous cultures’ beliefs

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Adams, D., & Beauchamp, G.. (2020). A study of the experiences of children aged 7-11 taking part in mindful approaches in local nature reserves. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1736110
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Forest School for wellbeing: An environment in which young people can ‘take what they need'

A forest school intervention for children and youth with serious social and emotional challenges supports them in “taking what they need” for improved wellbeing

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Tiplady, L. S. E., & Menter, H.. (2020). Forest School for wellbeing: An environment in which young people can ‘take what they need'. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1730206
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Nature Mentors: A program to encourage outdoor activity and nature engagement among urban youth and families

Nature Mentors is a program designed to promote ongoing nature engagement among urban youth

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Hackett, K. A., Ziegler, M. C., Olson, J. A., Bizub, J., Stolley, M., Szabo, A., et al.. (2020). Nature Mentors: A program to encourage outdoor activity and nature engagement among urban youth and families. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1730203
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Nature relatedness in student teachers, perceived competence and willingness to teach outdoors: An empirical study

Student teachers’ nature connectedness and their perceived competence and willingness to teach outdoors are positively associated

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Barrable, A., & Lakin, L.. (2020). Nature relatedness in student teachers, perceived competence and willingness to teach outdoors: An empirical study . Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning , 20(3), 189-201. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2019.1609999
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The impact of school gardens on youth social and emotional learning: A scoping review

Some research suggests that school garden programs may promote social emotional learning, yet more rigorous studies are needed to investigate this assertion

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Lohr, A. M., Krause, K. C., McClelland, J., Gorden, N. V., Gerald, L. B., Jr, V. D. Casino, et al.. (2020). The impact of school gardens on youth social and emotional learning: A scoping review. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning, 1-14. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1838935
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5th-10th-grade in-service teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for sustainable development in outdoor environment

A group of teachers in Norway rarely linked their outdoor teaching practices to sustainable development

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Aksland, C., & Rundgren, S. N. C.. (2020). 5th-10th-grade in-service teachers' pedagogical content knowledge (PCK) for sustainable development in outdoor environment. Journal of Adventure Eduction and Outdoor Learning, 20(3), 274-283. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2019.1697713
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Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children

Making outdoor learning a regular part of school curricula could be an inexpensive way to improve children's psychological wellbeing

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Harvey, D. J., Montgomery, L. N., Harvey, H., Hall, F., Gange, A. C., & Watling, D.. (2020). Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 67. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101381
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Children’s neighbourhood physical environment and early development: An individual child level linked data study

Individual child level assessments find a link between neighborhood physical environment and early child development

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Bell, M. F., Turrell, G., Beesley, B., Boruff, B., Trapp, G., Zubrick, S. R., & Christian, H. E.. (2020). Children’s neighbourhood physical environment and early development: An individual child level linked data study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-212686
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Using engagement in sustainable construction to improve mental health and social connection in disadvantaged and hard to reach groups: A new green care approach

Engaging vulnerable people in sustainable construction projects may prove effective in addressing their mental health and social connection concerns

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Davies, J., McKenna, M., Bayley, J., Denner, K., & Young, H.. (2020). Using engagement in sustainable construction to improve mental health and social connection in disadvantaged and hard to reach groups: A new green care approach . Journal of Mental Health , 29(3), 350-357 . doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638237.2020.1714001
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Tree canopy coverage predicts lower conduct problem severity in children with ASD

Heavier community tree canopy predicts lower conduct problem severity in children with autism

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Barger, B., Larson, L. R., Ogletree, S., Torquati, J., Rosenberg, S., Gaither, C. J., et al.. (2020). Tree canopy coverage predicts lower conduct problem severity in children with ASD. Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities , 13(1), 43-61. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19315864.2020.1714824
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Feeling at home in nature: A mixed method study of the impact of visitor activities and preferences in a prison visiting room garden

A visitor’s garden in a prison setting promotes positive parent-child interactions

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Toews, B., Wagenfeld, A., Stevens, J., & Shoemaker, C.. (2020). Feeling at home in nature: A mixed method study of the impact of visitor activities and preferences in a prison visiting room garden. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 59(4), 223-246. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509674.2020.1733165
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Place-making practices for park improvements to support environmental justice in a low-income African American neighborhood

The use of place-making practices for park improvements can potentially support environmental justice in low-income minority communities

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Carnahan, A. H., Groshong, L., Stanis, S. A. W., Balasubramanyam, V., & Kutty, A.. (2020). Place-making practices for park improvements to support environmental justice in a low-income African American neighborhood. Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 38(3), 93-111. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18666/JPRA-2019-9676
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Effects of an urban forest-based health promotion program on children living in group homes

Forest-based intervention programs can be effective in promoting the psychosocial health of vulnerable children

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Song, M. K., Bang, K. S., Kim, S., Lee, G., & Jeong, Y.. (2020). Effects of an urban forest-based health promotion program on children living in group homes. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 58(6), 18-29. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3928/02793695-20200406-01
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The power of garden-based curriculum to promote scientific and nature-friendly attitudes in children through a cotton project

Garden-based projects can be effective in promoting preschool children’s scientific and nature-friendly attitudes

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Kim, K. J., Jung, E., Han, M., & Sohn, J.. (2020). The power of garden-based curriculum to promote scientific and nature-friendly attitudes in children through a cotton project. Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 34(4), 538-550. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02568543.2020.1718251
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