25thJanuary 2023

The Joy of Birds: The benefits of counting or rating birds for joy

25.01.23|Categories: Research, Resources|Tags: , , , , |

This article in Finding Nature (January 25, 2023) explores the positive impact of changing a nature experience into a more emotional experience. Research findings suggest that activating a sense of joy while bird watching heightens the benefits further. Check out the list of bird species were shown, in this study, to [...]

25thJanuary 2023

Muddy Faces Outdoor Practitioner magazines – available free online

25.01.23|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , , |

Muddy Faces provide a link on their outdoor practitioner hub to access and download Issues 1-4 of their online magazines for FREE. These issues focus on Health & Wellbeing, Forest School, Handwashing outdoors, and Outdoor Clothing, with feature articles and activity ideas. Perfect for Early Years, primary schools, Forest School [...]

10thJanuary 2023

UK woodland management horizon scan

10.01.23|Categories: Miscellaneous, Research|Tags: , , , , |

In this blog post on Finding Nature (January 9, 2023) Professor Miles Richardson describes this ongoing horizon scan which aims to identify ‘emerging issues and opportunities affecting woodland management in the UK over the next 50 years’. As part of this exercise, Prof. Richardson welcomes comments on how the social, [...]

21stDecember 2022

Does outdoor education support teacher well-being?

21.12.22|Categories: Research|Tags: , , , |

This paper ‘School-based outdoor education and teacher subjective well-being: An exploratory study’ published 15 December 2022, describes a teacher survey carried out in Québec, Canada, during COVID-19. This study explored the possible relationships between outdoor education and preschool and primary school teachers’ subjective well-being (SWB). The study findings suggests that [...]

3rdNovember 2022

Young people’s mental health bolstered by nature projects, report says

03.11.22|Categories: Miscellaneous, Resources|Tags: , , , , |

This Guardian article (20 October 2022) reports on the Our Bright Future scheme, which improved 3,000 community spaces. Participants noted a confidence and wellbeing boost. Young people's skills were also improved. The Our Bright Future programme led to almost 9,000 young people gaining qualifications and 1,600 getting work experience.

3rdAugust 2022

Nature based play publication now available

03.08.22|Categories: Resources|Tags: , , , , , , |

Play Scotland has shared this new publication (July 2022) Nature-Based Play which is free to download. It has been produced in partnership between Arup and the Real Play Coalition. The publication explores the positive connections nature-based play can make between children’s wellbeing and climate resilience. This aims to  inspire local [...]