Super stories from the outdoor learning world

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We’ve rounded up the latest news on outdoor learning and everything outdoor related. Here are the top articles our Muddy Team has been reading this week.

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Forest nursery demand in London rises as expert calls for more research

Children at forest schools and nurseries spend all day, every day, outside whatever the weather. They learn through outdoor play following the Scandinavian forest school model.

We’re so pleased to see that there are more and more forest schools and nurseries opening their doors throughout the UK as British children are among the most housebound and screen addicted in the world, with three in four spending less time outdoors than the recommended daily period of outdoor exercise for prisoners – and more than half being unable to identify a British oak tree.

As the method gains popularity in the UK, one of the London forest nurseries revealed it has 2,100 children on its waiting list. Danish research showed giving children the space to take supervised risks and explore boundaries resulted in them demonstrating greater socially capability, having fewer days off sick, more ability to concentrate and better co-ordination than children in urban kindergartens. Such research is yet to be conducted in the UK but the feedback from parents has been incredibly positive.

One of the mums from the article has seen such a dramatic change that she told the BBC her two-year-old Josh is now “[…] a completely different child”, “It’s like a light got switched on.”

She added: “I feel more confident in the character he’s developing in this environment than I ever did in an indoor nursery.”

Loughborough University is planning a larger study for 2018, we look forward to seeing the results.

Read the full article on BBC News >

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ONE TRILLION TREES: How Children Can Save the World

This article is written Felix Finkbeiner, who, by the age of 9, developed the idea that children could help reverse climate change by planting a million trees in every country. Read his account of how he came across the idea that ended up changing the world and how he managed to make it into reality. With the help of his teacher who saw the opportunity in the school report Felix presented and with the support of children from over a hundred countries, Felix launched the child and youth initiative Plant-for-the-Planet in 2007.

“Now We Children Save the World” is the motto of Plant-for-the-Planet and their goal is nothing less than saving the future. Felix was even invited by the United Nations to address the UN General Assembly where he expressed children’s concerns about the future and the environment.

Now, the children of Plant-for-the-Planet are responsible for the Billion Tree Campaign which has already recorded nearly 14 billion planted trees.

Read the full article here >