27thFebruary 2024

Woodland Sounds and Forest Bathing

27.02.24|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , |

Research tells us that the sights and sounds of nature lower our stress levels and heart rate. The Forest School Association has shared this woodland sound and Forest Bathing video produced by Forestry England during lockdown. Soundscape videos may be useful to prepare groups for a woodland visit or as respite [...]

9thJanuary 2024

Nature as stress reliever

09.01.24|Categories: Miscellaneous, Research|Tags: , , , , |

The New Year’s edition of Finding Nature News is out. This includes the 10 most-read Finding Nature News articles of 2023. Also, did you know that spending just 20 minutes in nature significantly lowers your stress hormone levels? Check out this Stat Sheet for evidence-backed, nature-filled New Year’s resolutions that [...]

5thDecember 2023

Guidance for Outdoor Mental Health Interventions: IOL releases Statements of Good Practice

05.12.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

The Institute for Outdoor Learning (IOL) share statements which set out a view on competence when combining mental health and well-being interventions with outdoor learning. This includes a great summary video on ‘An introduction to Outdoor Therapy’ which sets the context for this approach. The primary goal was to develop [...]

28thNovember 2023

Forest bathing, public health and the senses

28.11.23|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

This paper describes research to evaluate which activities, elements of nature, and senses are responsible for improvements in well-being. It also monitors the emotional state and nature connection following guided forest bathing walks: A Multi-Country Study Assessing the Mechanisms of Natural Elements and Sociodemographics behind the Impact of Forest Bathing [...]

17thOctober 2023

The stats support nature for mental health

17.10.23|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , , |

In their latest bulletin, the Children & Nature Network (C&NN) noted World Mental Health Day . Check out the C&NN handy stat sheet which focuses on nature’s benefits for mental health and well-being. The bulletin also shares an article 4 ways nature improves your mental health.  Read more children and [...]

18thApril 2023

Prescribed time in nature linked to improvements in anxiety, depression and blood pressure

18.04.23|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

School Outdoor Learning have shared this article in The Guardian (3 April 2023). This describes research which tells us that time spent in nature is good for us. This time it is being prescribed by doctors to support mental health and overall wellbeing School Outdoor Learning suggest taking your pupils [...]