Find updates on play, learning, and the environment, from across the wider network in Scotland – and beyond.

20thOctober 2022

Statistics shared on young people and nature

The Children & Nature Network share a ‘stats sheet’ for youth in nature, on their news round-up page. This includes research findings that 59% of young people feel “very worried” or “extremely worried” about climate change, according to a survey of 10,000 16- to 25-year-olds from 10 countries. It also [...]

22ndSeptember 2022

Why we might be getting outdoor education (very) wrong

School Outdoor Learning have shared this TES article about outdoor education. In particular, this quote stood out, "No research proves that forest school is any more beneficial than any other type of outdoor learning." The point being that all time spent learning outdoors is good for children and teachers. Forest [...]

14thSeptember 2022

Protecting playgrounds from traffic air pollution with roadside greening

Evidence has been shared which shows that exposure to airborne particulate matter is linked with impaired neuro-development and cognitive function. These findings demonstrate that roadside vegetation near playgrounds can be designed, installed and maintained to achieve rapid, significant and cost-effective improvement of air quality.

14thSeptember 2022

Cities with more vegetation mean ‘better health behaviours’ in children

This Child in the City article (published 30-08-2022) shares the findings of a conclusion of a new partnership study led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal). This latest study found that children who live surrounded by more natural spaces are more physically active, spend less time doing sedentary [...]

24thAugust 2022

Volunteering journeys: growing the youth volunteering generation

This research report (Carregha, Tania et al., Institute for Community Studies, 2022) can be found here. The report: explores young people's perceptions and experiences of volunteering, and ways to increase levels of volunteering by young people. outlines the background to the study, where the 'volunteering journey' is intended to encapsulate [...]