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Looking for research about environmental literacy, the benefits of connecting to nature, fostering environmental behaviors, and more? You’ve come to the right spot! This database is a collaboration between the North American Association for Environmental Education and the Children & Nature Network, with generous support from the Pisces Foundation and ee360. It combines research for the field of environmental education and the movement to connect children and nature, and includes multiple ways to search for articles, syntheses, and research summaries.  An exciting element of this database is that one of the search options aligns with the same five broad search categories (education, conservation, health, social justice, human development) used by the funding community so that researchers, practitioners, and funders alike can use the same uber taxonomy to find what they’re looking for. Learn more > 

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How can we mitigate against increasing biophobia among children during the extinction of experience?

The loss of direct interactions between humans and nature could result in more negative attitudes towards the natural world, yet there may be ways to counteract this outcome

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Soga, M., Evans, M. J., Yamanoi, T., Fukano, Y., Tsuchiya, K., Koyanagi, T. F., & Kanai, T.. (2020). How can we mitigate against increasing biophobia among children during the extinction of experience?. Biological Conservation, 242.
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3-Dimensional nature-based therapeutics in pediatric patients with total pancreatectomy and isletauto-transplant

Children using a virtual reality device for nature-based therapy after extensive surgical procedures reported a decrease in pain, anxiety, and nausea

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Kucher, N., Larson, J. M., Fischer, G., Mertaugh, M., Peterson, L., & Gershan, L. A.. (2020). 3-Dimensional nature-based therapeutics in pediatric patients with total pancreatectomy and isletauto-transplant. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 48. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2019.102249
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Associations between pro-environmental behaviour and neighbourhood nature, nature visit frequency and nature appreciation: Evidence from a nationally representative survey in England

Improving access to and contact with nature may promote pro-environmental behavior

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Alcock, I., White, M. P., Pahl, S., Duarte-Davidson, R., & Fleming, L. E.. (2020). Associations between pro-environmental behaviour and neighbourhood nature, nature visit frequency and nature appreciation: Evidence from a nationally representative survey in England. Environment International, 136. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2019.105441
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Minimum time dose in nature to positively impact the mental health of college-aged students, and how to measure it: A scoping review

College-age individuals experience mental health benefits after spending as little as 10-20 minutes in nature

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Meredith, G. R., Rakow, D. A., Eldermire, E. R. B., Madsen, C. G., Shelley, S. P., & Sachs, N. A.. (2020). Minimum time dose in nature to positively impact the mental health of college-aged students, and how to measure it: A scoping review. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02942
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Children’s education in ‘good’ nature: Perceptions of activities in nature spaces in mobile preschools

The "good" education in nature seems to mean different things for different children in some mobile preschools

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Harju, A., Balldin, J., Ladru, D. E., & Gustafson, K.. (2020). Children’s education in ‘good’ nature: Perceptions of activities in nature spaces in mobile preschools. Global Studies of Childhood. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2043610619900519
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A scoping review of the impact on children of the built environment design characteristics of healing spaces

Nature-related elements in healthcare facilities can promote children’s health and well-being

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Gaminiesfahani, H., Lozanovska, M., & Tucker, R.. (2020). A scoping review of the impact on children of the built environment design characteristics of healing spaces. Health Environments Research & Design Journal. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1937586720903845
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An analysis of the educational and health-related benefits of nature-based environmental education in low-income Black and Hispanic children

Nature-based environmental education programs may improve health-related quality of life and STEM capacity in low-income Black and Hispanic youth

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Sprague, N., Berrigan, D., & Ekenga, C. C.. (2020). An analysis of the educational and health-related benefits of nature-based environmental education in low-income Black and Hispanic children. Health Equity, 4(1), 198-210. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/heq.2019.0118
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The association of knowledge, attitudes and access with park use before and after a park-prescription intervention for low-income families in the U.S.

Knowing where to go, valuing nature, and having a better understanding of time and money resources may increase the likelihood of families visiting a park

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Razani, N., Hills, N. K., Thompson, D., & Rutherford, G. W.. (2020). The association of knowledge, attitudes and access with park use before and after a park-prescription intervention for low-income families in the U.S. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17030701
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A study of the experiences of children aged 7-11 taking part in mindful approaches in local nature reserves

Mindfulness in nature could promote transcendent and holistic understandings consistent with indigenous cultures’ beliefs

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Adams, D., & Beauchamp, G.. (2020). A study of the experiences of children aged 7-11 taking part in mindful approaches in local nature reserves. Journal of Adventure Education and Outdoor Learning. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14729679.2020.1736110
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Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children

Making outdoor learning a regular part of school curricula could be an inexpensive way to improve children's psychological wellbeing

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Harvey, D. J., Montgomery, L. N., Harvey, H., Hall, F., Gange, A. C., & Watling, D.. (2020). Psychological benefits of a biodiversity-focussed outdoor learning program for primary school children. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 67. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2019.101381
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Children’s neighbourhood physical environment and early development: An individual child level linked data study

Individual child level assessments find a link between neighborhood physical environment and early child development

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Bell, M. F., Turrell, G., Beesley, B., Boruff, B., Trapp, G., Zubrick, S. R., & Christian, H. E.. (2020). Children’s neighbourhood physical environment and early development: An individual child level linked data study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/jech-2019-212686
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Nature Rx: Reemergence of Pediatric Nature-Based Therapeutic Programs From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Current nature prescription programs would do well to heed lessons from pediatric nature-based therapeutic programs from the past

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Crnic, M., & Kondo, M. C.. (2019). Nature Rx: Reemergence of Pediatric Nature-Based Therapeutic Programs From the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. American Journal of Public Health. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305204
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Two-year changes in neighborhood juvenile arrests after implementation of an afterschool park-based mental health promotion program in Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2015-2017

Mental health and youth development program in parks may have the potential to prevent violence among at-risk youths

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D’Agostino, E. M., Frazier, S. L., Hansen, E., Patel, H. H., Ahmed, Z., Okeke, D., et al.. (2019). Two-year changes in neighborhood juvenile arrests after implementation of an afterschool park-based mental health promotion program in Miami-Dade County, Florida, 2015-2017. American Journal of Public Health. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2019.305050
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Assessing the effectiveness of a community food security project for curriculum development

Community gardening program may reduce food insecurity and improve health

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Krebs-Moberg, J., & Ormsby, A.. (2019). Assessing the effectiveness of a community food security project for curriculum development. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 18(2), 128 - 139. presented at the 2019/04/03/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1445567
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Love or Loss: Effective message framing to promote environmental conservation

Positive digital messaging may promote more support of conservation organizations

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Jacobson, S. K., Morales, N. A., Chen, B., Soodeen, R., Moulton, M. P., & Jain, E.. (2019). Love or Loss: Effective message framing to promote environmental conservation. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 18(3), 252 - 265. presented at the 2019/07/03/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1456380
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Lower public concern for biodiversity than for wilderness, natural places, charismatic megafauna and/or habitats

Addressing gaps in biodiversity knowledge and improving awareness

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Shah, A., & Parsons, E. C. M.. (2019). Lower public concern for biodiversity than for wilderness, natural places, charismatic megafauna and/or habitats. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 18(1), 79 - 90. presented at the 2019/01/02/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1434025
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The impact of subtle anthropomorphism on gender differences in learning conservation ecology in Indonesian school children

Subtle anthropomorphism can be effectively used to teach children about conservation ecology

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McCabe, S., & Nekaris, K. A. I.. (2019). The impact of subtle anthropomorphism on gender differences in learning conservation ecology in Indonesian school children. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 18(1), 13 - 24. presented at the 2019/01/02/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1427011
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The overlooked role of academic environmental organizations in addressing environmental education issues

Editorial: Academic environmental organizations may fill critical need for environmental education at universities

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Șterbuleac, D., & Toma, O.. (2019). The overlooked role of academic environmental organizations in addressing environmental education issues. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 18(1), 91 - 94. presented at the 2019/01/02/. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2018.1435321
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Neighborhood green spaces, facilities and population density as predictors of activity participation among 8-year-olds: A cross-sectional GIS study based on the Norwegian mother and child cohort study

Access to neighborhood parks and green space is linked to higher activity levels in children in Norway

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Nordbo, E. C. A., Raanaas, R. K., Nordh, H., & Aamodt, G.. (2019). Neighborhood green spaces, facilities and population density as predictors of activity participation among 8-year-olds: A cross-sectional GIS study based on the Norwegian mother and child cohort study. BMC Public Health, 19. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7795-9
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Physical activity, screen time, and outdoor learning environment practices and policy implementation: A cross sectional study of Texas child care centers

Childcare centers have room to improve in physical activity, screen time and outdoor learning environment policies and practices

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Byrd-Williams, C. E., Dooley, E. E., Thi, C. A., Browning, C., & Hoelscher, D. M.. (2019). Physical activity, screen time, and outdoor learning environment practices and policy implementation: A cross sectional study of Texas child care centers. BMC Public Health, 19. doi:http://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-6588-5
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Client perspectives on wilderness therapy as a component of adolescent residential treatment for problematic substance use and mental health issues

A clinical model of wilderness therapy includes three major factors: wilderness, physical self and psychosocial self.

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Harper, N. J., Mott, A. J., & Obee, P.. (2019). Client perspectives on wilderness therapy as a component of adolescent residential treatment for problematic substance use and mental health issues. Children and Youth Services Review, 105. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.104450
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Playing, parenting and family leisure in parks: Exploring emotional geographies of families in Guangzhou Children’s Park, China

Family leisure activity in a park provides space and time for strengthening family bonds and for enhancing self-satisfaction and happiness

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Chen, C., Yuan, Z., & Zhu, H.. (2019). Playing, parenting and family leisure in parks: Exploring emotional geographies of families in Guangzhou Children’s Park, China. Children's Geographies. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2019.1676879
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Equine assisted activities and therapies in children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review and a meta-analysis

Equine assisted activities and therapies may be a useful form of treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder

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Trzmiel, T., Purandare, B., Michalak, M., Zasadzka, E., & Pawlaczyk, M.. (2019). Equine assisted activities and therapies in children with autism spectrum disorder: A systematic review and a meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 42, 104-113. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ctim.2018.11.004
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Greenspace spatial characteristics and human health in an urban environment: An epidemiological study using landscape metrics in Sheffield, UK

Greenspace characteristics linked with human health include water cover, diversity of trees, and large greenspace patches interspersed with the built environment

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Mears, M., Brindley, P., Jorgensen, A., Ersoy, E., & Maheswaran, R.. (2019). Greenspace spatial characteristics and human health in an urban environment: An epidemiological study using landscape metrics in Sheffield, UK. Ecological Indicators, 106. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2019.105464
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Utilising place-based learning through local contexts to develop agents of change in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability

Place-based learning can help young children develop a sustainability perspective

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Boyd, D. (2019). Utilising place-based learning through local contexts to develop agents of change in Early Childhood Education for Sustainability. Education 3-13, 47(8), 983-997. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2018.1551413
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Can an outdoor learning environment improve children’s academic attainment? A quasi-experimental mixed methods study in Bangladesh

Outdoor learning can enhance the academic achievement of students in developing countries

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Khan, M., McGeown, S., & Bell, S.. (2019). Can an outdoor learning environment improve children’s academic attainment? A quasi-experimental mixed methods study in Bangladesh. Environment and Behavior. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0013916519860868
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