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Why is Outdoor Education Important?

Why is Outdoor Education Important? 

All eyes on crab Research is becoming even more prevalent about the importance of the outdoors to our students...and adults! Whether seeking to motivate students, or challenge them to go beyond their own expectations, you'll find that our programs help your students succeed.

Let us help make your students "Nature Smart!"
The future will belong to the nature-smart—those individuals, families, businesses, and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need.” — Richard Louv

The groups and research sited below will provide you with the resources you may need for presentations to your Boards, your teachers, and/or parents and grant writing:

This is Your Brain on Nature
This is  your brain on Nature This PowerPoint Presentation will provide an overview of some of the research findings. Use it at your next Board meeting when proposing your environmental field trips!  Much of the research stated in the presentation is from Richard Louv's books (sited below) and from "Time Out" from the National Wildlife Federation

  Download the Power Point Presentation in pdf format

  Download "Time Out"

Richard Louv: Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle

Last Child book cover Louv's first book, Last Child in the Woods was a call to action and provided educators and parents alike with evidence of the direct correlation between a lack of outdoor time to an increase in "nature-deficit disorder". In The Nature Principle, Louv adds additional research, anecdotal evidence and personal stories to demonstrate thNature Principle book cover e importance of the restorative powers of the natural world and that it can boost mental acuity and creativity; promote health and wellness; build smarterVitamin N cover  and more sustainable businesses, communities, and economies; and strengthen human bonds. Vitamin N, Louv's newest book (4/2016), acts as an inspirational guidebook for families and communities.  

No Child Left Inside
NCLI graphic

The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 1,000 member groups from across the United States. The membership includes environmental, educational, business, public health, outdoor recreation and conservation groups. With tens of millions of members represented, the NCLI Coalition speaks for a diverse group of Americans who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world. 

The Coalition’s focus is passage of the Federal No Child Left Inside Act. This legislation would authorize major new funding for states to provide high-quality, environmental instruction. Funds would support outdoor learning activities both at school and in non-formal environmental education centers, teacher training, and the creation of state environmental literacy plans.

YouTube videos on NCLI:
Get 'em Outside
 NCLI - Rethinking No Child Left Behind

The Long Island Nature Collaborative for Kids has been active in reaching out to schools, libraries, nature centers, and child care agencies along with landscapers and architects to develop Nature Explore Classrooms across Long Island. It was originally an initiative of the Early Years Institute but now is under the leadership of Seatuck Environmental Association


Environmental Literacy


NYSOEA Logo Are you environmentally literate?

New York is joining a national movement in stride with the Children and Nature Network founded by Richard Louv, author of the award-winning book, Last Child in the Woods.  This movement is intended to reconnect children to the outdoors, helping them become more capable of making environmentally literate decisions that not only protect the environment but lead to a prosperous economy and healthy citizens.

The New York State Outdoor Education Association (NYSOEA) and partners are working together to build a strong coalition of organizations, schools, businesses and agencies from a broad representation that recognize the importance of environmental awareness and understanding for a healthy and sustainable world. Visit to find out how the New York State Outdoor Education Association and its partners are working towards an environmentally literate NY: 

Our Programs help students develop a Growth Mindset*
Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. developed concept of Brainology and Growth Mindset 

We help motivate so students can achieve and succeed! All of our programs are great motivators, but consider that our challenge course programs test students with group problems and opportunities for personal risk-taking activities in a supportive environment with trained facilitators. These programs align with "a Growth Mindset* where people believe they can develop their brain, abilities, and talent. This view creates a love for learning, a drive for growth and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishments."