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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. 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, youth 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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Differently designed playgrounds and preschooler’s physical activity play

Study suggests that outdoor play environments for young children should incorporate features of natural and traditional playgrounds to serve all activity levels

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Luchs, A., & Fikus, M.. (2018). Differently designed playgrounds and preschooler’s physical activity play. Early Child Development and Care, 188(3), 281-295. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1213726
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'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program

Integrating cognitive and emotional goals in environmental education program significantly improved affinity toward nature

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Cho, Y., & Lee, D.. (2018). 'Love honey, hate honey bees': Reviving biophilia of elementary school students through environmental education program. Environmental Education Research, 24(3), 445-460. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2017.1279277
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The meaning of participation in school ground greening: A study from project to everyday setting

Children’s participation in school ground greening planning influences functionality; participation in management phases results in student engagement and satisfaction

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Jansson, M., Mårtensson, F., & Gunnarsson, A.. (2018). The meaning of participation in school ground greening: A study from project to everyday setting. Landscape Research, 43(1), 163-179. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2017.1306623
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"We can keep the fire burning": Building action competence through environmental justice education in Uganda and Germany

Multi-national projects can be effective in building on cultural and social diversity to help young people become confident and capable environmental actors

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Ethnographic understandings of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to inform urban design practice

Ethnographic scholarship can be used to improve cultural literacy and support social justice in urban design practice

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Rishbeth, C., Ganji, F., & Vodicka, G.. (2018). Ethnographic understandings of ethnically diverse neighbourhoods to inform urban design practice. Local Environment, 23(1), 36-53. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2017.1385000
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Neighborhood context and youth physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age

Modifiable neighborhood elements are shown to have differing influences on children’s physical activity by age and gender

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Kowaleski-Jones, L., Fan, J. X., Wen, M., & Hanson, H.. (2017). Neighborhood context and youth physical activity: Differential associations by gender and age. American Journal of Health Promotion, 31(5), 426-434. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0890117116667353
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Through the eyes of children: Drawings as an evaluation tool for children's understanding about endangered Mexican primates

Children’s drawings can be a powerful tool in guiding conservation programs

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Asthma trajectories in a population-based birth cohort. Impacts of air pollution and greenness

Prior findings of neighborhood greenness’s protective effect against asthma may not have considered differing asthma phenotypes

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Sbihi, H., Koehoorn, M., Tamburic, L., & Brauer, M.. (2017). Asthma trajectories in a population-based birth cohort. Impacts of air pollution and greenness. American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, 195(5), 607-613. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1164/rccm.201601-0164OC
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Adolescents' experience and knowledge of, and attitudes toward, bees: Implications and recommendations for conservation

Students who engage in gardening and lawn-care activities gain understanding and develop positive attitudes toward bees

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Children love their pets: Do relationships between children and pets co-vary with taxonomic order, gender, and age?

Young children develop strong relationships with pets behaviorally similar to humans; older children’s pet attachments include other pet species

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Propensity-score-weighted population-based study of the health benefits of dogs and cats for children

The health benefits of dogs and cats for children are not supported in a large population-based study

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Effects of exposure to environmental groups on student awareness of environmental issues and their desire to be locally involved

A Gathering of Environmental Groups Inspires Students to Become Involved

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Evaluating the role of protected natural areas for environmental education in Italy

Protected Natural Areas as a Setting for Changing Environmental Attitudes

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Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand

Understanding Community Needs Can Help Design Better Engagement Programs

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Tyson, B., Unson, C., & Edgar, N.. (2017). Predictors of success for community-driven water quality management—Lessons from three catchments in New Zealand. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 16(3), 186 - 195. presented at the 2017/07/03/. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1533015X.2017.1333049
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Using nonfiction scientific literature for conservation biology education: The Tigerland effect

Incorporating Non-fiction Literature into Conservation Education

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Exploring the spatial-temporal relationships between a community greening program and neighborhood rates of crime

Urban greening programs may be effective in reducing crime

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The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review

Individual, physical and social factors influence children’s place preferences and play behaviors in outdoor environments

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Aziz, N. F., & Said, I.. (2017). The trends and influential factors of children's use of outdoor environments: A review. Asian Journal of Environment-Behaviour Studies, 2(5), 97-108. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.21834/aje-bs.v2i5.226
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Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours

Positive childhood experiences in nature are associated with pro-environmental attitudes in adults, but not necessarily with environmentally-friendly behaviors

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Broom, C. (2017). Exploring the relations between childhood experiences in nature and young adults' environmental attitudes and behaviours. Australian Journal of Environmental Education, 33(1), 34-47. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/aee.2017.1
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Conservation priorities for elementary school students: Neotropical and European perspectives

Conservation priorities for elementary students tend to focus on species with which they are familiar

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Rosalino, L. M., Gheler-Costa, C., Santos, G., Goncalves, M. T., Fonseca, C., & Leal, A. I.. (2017). Conservation priorities for elementary school students: Neotropical and European perspectives. Biodiversity and Conservation, 26(11), 2675-2697. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-017-1380-2
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Environmental factors explain socioeconomic prevalence differences in myopia in 6-year old children

Lifestyle factors, including time outdoors, explain demographic prevalence differences in children with myopia

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'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability

Children’s ideas about sustainability are developed through experiential, investigative, sensorial and place-oriented ways of learning

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Green, M. (2017). 'If there's no sustainability our future will get wrecked': Exploring children's perspectives of sustainability. Childhood, 24(2), 151-167. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0907568216649672
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Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance

Engaging children as “agents of change” for the environment should be based on a consideration of structural and relational dimensions of environmental knowledge transmission

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Walker, C. (2017). Tomorrow's leaders and today's agents of change? Children, sustainability education and environmental governance. Children & Society, 31, 72-83. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/chso.12192
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Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review

A review of the research on the convergence of child and youth care practice with outdoor adventure reveals a credible evidence-base with robust positive outcomes

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Harper, N. J. (2017). Wilderness therapy, therapeutic camping and adventure education in child and youth care literature: A scoping review. Children and Youth Services Review, 83, 68-79. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.10.030
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Children's independence and affordances experienced in the context of public open spaces: A study of diverse inner-city and suburban neighbourhoods in Auckland, New Zealand

Public open spaces are children’s favorite destinations for play in their neighborhood, but parental restrictions and safety concerns often limit children’s independent mobility

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Geographies of children's play in the context of neoliberal restructuring in Istanbul

The presence of commercialized private playspaces reinforces the neglect of public play spaces in Istanbul and frames “good play” as being exclusive, secure and instrumental

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Sullu, B. (2017). Geographies of children's play in the context of neoliberal restructuring in Istanbul. Children's Geographies. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14733285.2017.1341972
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Attentional demands of executive function tasks in indoor and outdoor settings: Behavioral and neuroelectrical evidence

Children use greater cognitive resources while indoors than outdoors in nature to achieve the same level of performance on tasks requiring attention and inhibitory control

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Torquati, J., Schutte, A., & Kiat, J.. (2017). Attentional demands of executive function tasks in indoor and outdoor settings: Behavioral and neuroelectrical evidence. Children, Youth and Environments, 27(2), 70-92. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.27.2.0070
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Nature by design: Playscape affordances support the use of executive function in preschoolers

The affordances of natural play spaces can support the development of executive function in preschool children

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Carr, V., Brown, R. D., Schlembach, S., & Kochanowski, L.. (2017). Nature by design: Playscape affordances support the use of executive function in preschoolers. Children, Youth and Environments, 27(2), 25-46. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.7721/chilyoutenvi.27.2.0025
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Green space benefits for health and well-being: A life-course approach to urban planning, design and management

Environmental health research highlights the importance of targeting green space interventions to meet the needs of multiple user groups

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Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective

Therapists using Equine Assisted Psychotherapy identify a range of positive outcomes for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety

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Wilson, K., Buultjens, M., Monfries, M., & Karimi, L.. (2017). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety: A therapist's perspective. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 22(1), 16-33. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1359104515572379
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Pedagogical school gardens as a Food and Nutrition Education strategy: Perception of parents and educators of their impact on children's diets

Children and families experience dietary benefits of school gardens

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Are young children's utterances affected by characteristics of their learning environments? A multiple case study

Preschool children use richer language in a natural environment than in indoor or outdoor classrooms

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Richardson, T., & Murray, J.. (2017). Are young children's utterances affected by characteristics of their learning environments? A multiple case study. Early Child Development and Care, 187(3-4), 457-468. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03004430.2016.1211116
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