I think we can all agree our children are spending more and more time indoors, iPads and TVs being major culprits. This has led to a number of studies being published looking at the negative impact this is having on the health and development of children. Research has also shown there are numerous benefits to children playing outside, here are seven of them:Read More
Staying trapped indoors has created what health experts call a "nature deficit disorder" -- depression or anxiety resulting from too little time spent outside. Getting outdoors can do great things for your health. Reducing stress, lowering blood pressure and improving immune function are among nature’s health benefits. What's more, incorporating elements of nature into your workday can also give your brain a boost, resulting in increased productivity, focus and creativity.Read More
A survey conducted by United Minds showing 7 out of 10 parents want their kids to spend more time outside.
The survey asked a little more than 1000 parents about their attitudes to children spending time outdoors. 69% of the responding parents want their kids to spend more time outdoors, and 75% said that they themselves want to spend more time outside.Read More
10 Great Reasons Why You Should Spend Time Outdoors
Whether it is in organized form or not, spending time outdoors is essential to our health. This list gives you some of the benefits associated with time spent outside and reconnecting with nature.Read More
Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Friluftsliv: Tips From the Swedish Parents’ Playbook
Living in the US for the last 10 years, I sometimes find it hard to adjust. My way of life growing up in Sweden was instilled with friluftsliv, the Swedish term for living close to nature. Read more and learn how you can instill some friluftsliv in your family and community.Read More
We can all agree it has been a long winter, but finally Spring is officially here! Temperature is rising, bird song is filling the air and more and more species of birds will arrive until late May. Some of the signs winter is over.Read More
Developed in Japan during the 1980’s, forest bathing has become an integral part of Japanese culture.
Although the Japanese term ‘Shinrin-yoku’ translates to ‘forest bathing’, the practice is probably not what you think. There are no showers or bathtubs involved.Read More
We love encouraging our Explorers’ to celebrate love and practice kindness. While Valentines’ Day has become more about candy overload and plastic trinkets, we’ve gathered our top three nature inspired ways to celebrate that are sure to please. These activities are all outdoors, and are open-ended to give any Explorer the room to be creative and discover just the way the like.Read More
Why Children Need to Play Outside – Even in Winter
Sending our children outside during the cold months actually has some real extraordinary benefits for our children (and adults too!) - like boosting the immune system and creating smarter minds.Read More