Evidence of many benefits from direct contact with nature.
Contact with nature actually promotes healthier social behavior while reducing social dysfunction, alleviating stress, improving resilience, promoting optimal psychological function, even improving recovery from physical trauma and reducing early mortality rates.
Outdoor experiences provide many proven benefits to our general health showing that green environments are in fact essential to human health, and especially to our childrens’ health and wellness.
I’m thankful to be lucky enough to have grown up in the woods of the Mississippi Valley in Iowa, watching my older sister climbing huge oak trees.
We even raised a pet squirrel that fell out of its mother’s nest way too soon.
We also had a simple swing set precariously placed under one of those giant old oak trees. Today parents have even better choices.