Kids today don’t have the same kind of rich and meaningful experiences of playing and learning outside that many of us had when we were young.
We know that kids will face new challenges in the mid-21st century. These challenges are hard to predict, so we are tasked with figuring out what is timeless. What are the skills, habits, and mindsets we should teach to prepare future generations to succeed? What is the thing that will always spark passion? As the world continues to change around us, one thing still remains foundational: We know learning is most engaging when students experience it in the real world. The research on the importance of outdoor play is clear and shows that students who spend time outdoors exhibit increased focus, confidence, memory, environmental awareness, and problem solving skills.