Research is necessary to inform practitioners' efforts to effectively connect children to nature. It is also important for making an evidence-informed case to policymakers, funders, urban planners and designers, teachers and educational decision-makers, doctors and healthcare systems and many others that have the capacity to direct investment or make decisions that can connect children, families and communities to nature.
It's important that this research evidence be accessible and useful. Minnesota Children and Nature Network created a 4-page "research brief" to summarize major conclusions from the research in easy-to-understand language and bullet points. All statements are supported by research studies and citations for those studies are provided in the document.
To access helpful summaries of hundreds of scientific studies visit the Children & Nature Network's Research Library.
The Minnesota Children and Nature Committee worked with libraries statewide to learn more about how they are incorporating nature into their spaces. Read what we learned on our Minnesota Libraries Survey Summary