Many environmentalists cite their childhood experiences in nature as the foundations for their work.
For Your Family
- ADD symptoms in children are relieved after spending time in a treed area. Kids are better able to concentrate, complete tasks, and follow directions after playing in natural settings.
- A 10 percent increase in trees in a neighborhood reduces crime by 12 percent.
- Parents who lived in areas with trees and greenery report committing fewer aggressive acts against their family.
- Girls with a home view of trees and greenery score higher on tests of concentration and self-discipline.
- College students with more natural views from their dorm windows score higher on tests.
- Tree along streets promote physical activity in children and increase longevity of the elderly.
- Contact with nature helps children to develop imagination and creativity, intellectual development and social relationships.
- People who take a walk in nature concentrate better afterwards than those who practice relaxation techniques indoors.
- One of the most effective means of protecting children from ultraviolet radiation is to plant shade trees where they play.