I’m going outside, who’s coming??

I’ve recently decided to study for my Masters in Outdoor Education. It’s a big jump with my already busy schedule of two children, camps, casework, tutoring and life in general, but I feel it will be worth it. As such I’ve been researching and reading as much as I can about Outdoor Education and the impacts it can have on humans. Although I am still early into investigating and plan on delving further into these impacts, the findings have been amazing.

What they all point to is the absolute importance of time spent outdoors in nature for the overall benefits to us as humans. I see it all the time at camp with the children, they absolutely thrive independently and socially. The thrill of overcoming a fear or completing a task in a team or on their own. Building friendships and picking up with that friendship on the next camp. The research states it but I’ve seen it and I can’t wait to undertake my studies to prove it as well…..

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“has obviously almost automatically a positive effect on attentiveness, self-awareness and, at the same time, seems to reduce considerably a person’s feeling of being under the pressure of, for instance, time, deadlines, and social demands. The physical distance to a person’s daily routines seems to create a psychological distance, too.”

Mental health benefits of outdoor adventures: Results from two pilot studies (MichaelMutzJohannesMüller)

“Health and learning benefits were evident in the physical, phsychological and spiritual context, specifically with regards to developing self-efficacy, intellectual flexibiiltiy, personal skills, and relationship building.”  

Benefits of Outdoor Skills to Health, Learning and Lifestyle: Literature Review (Stuart Cottrell 2, Jana Raadik Cottrell1)

“This view recognizes that plants and animals (including humans) do not exist as independent entities as was once thought, but instead are part of complex and interconnected ecosystems on which they are entirely dependent, and fundamentally a part of (Driver et al.,1996). As Suzuki states, the ecosystem is the fundamental capital on which all life is dependent (Suzuki, 1990). It is clear that nature and natural environments relate to human health and well-being. 

Healthy nature healthy people: ‘contact with nature’ as an upstream health promotion intervention for populations (Cecily Maller Mardie Townsend Anita Pryor Peter Brown Lawrence St Leger )

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