Over four decades of research point to the significant impact our natural world has on our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. In simple terms, being outside is good for us! Our Family and Consumer Sciences Educator is passionate about the outdoors and the benefits of getting outside. If you would like to learn more about Nature Matters, please contact Laura Stanton at stanton.60@osu.edu. She has written the following articles on this topic:

Get Out! Celebrate Nature on Earth Day and Every Day (April 19, 2021)

Benefits of Being a Bird Nerd (February 11, 2021)

Getting Outside and Staying Safe (May 25, 2020)

Noises Off: The Benefits of Silence (May 22, 2020)

Additional Resources and Infographics:

Children and Nature
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Ask Your Doctor for a Park Prescription Today
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Children and Nature: Nature Can Improve Health and Wellbeing
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Nature Play Can Encourage Care For The Earth
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Green Schoolyards Can Increase Physical Activity
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Green Schoolyards Can Provide Mental Health Benefits 
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