Getting outside - beyond our four walls - and experiencing the natural world helps children grow grit, resilience, critical thinking, problem solving and emotional intelligence. Research also shows that outdoor learning and nature time fosters cognitive, emotional and physical development in children.
These key findings have been released in our 2017 research report, sponsored by Toyota Australia, titled Learning from Trees - Life Lessons for Future Generations. 200 teachers across Australia were asked to identify the key skills children need to learn now, to be prepared to tackle global challenges such as climate change, in the future. 60 per cent of teachers cited problem solving and critical thinking, 'grit' or resilience, and emotional intelligence as the most important skills for facing future challenges; teachers also ranked these same skills as their students' weakest.
Parents, schools and the wider community all have an important role to play to ensure the next generation develops a strong connection to nature. Simple actions like teaching a class outdoors or getting your hands dirty on National Tree Day ticks a lot of boxes.
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