What is nature-based learning
Nature-based learning is a child-centred education process in which kids regularly play and learn in nature, with nature and through nature.
Dr Claire Warden explains how nature-based learning actually works, and why the great outdoors is great for children's education.
Benefits of nature-based learning
Children always get the best teacher - nature
Nature-based learning enables children to play, explore and discover in the outdoors on a regular basis. Fresh air, lots of space, and surroundings that change daily all blend to create a compelling environment for education. High interest leads to high attention, which brings curious young minds to the jumping-off place for learning.
Inspiration and motivation
Children have almost a limitless capacity for imagination, especially when they play and explore outside. A stick found on a trail becomes a magical wand. A handful of yellow rocks plucked from a brook morphs into gold coins.
Tapping into these moments of inspired play in all kinds of places creates the space for the process of learning that is as important as the outcome of learning.
Confidence and connection
Nature-based learning enables children to grow their confidence as a result of the freedom, time and space they're given. Through experiential learning; outdoor exploration; and safe, supported risk-taking, kids build independence at their own pace. As they do, parents and carers often observe how children proudly run home to share the day's experiences with friends and family.
Kids that participate in nature-based learning develop their multiple facets at the same time, and grow to understand that they're an important part of the larger world around them.
Children advance intellectually and physically. Their imaginations flourish. And kids learn compassion and empathy for other people, animals and for their environment as they observe and learn from the natural changes that happen all around them.