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WHY OUTDOOR EDUCATION MATTERS
Camp Changes Everything
THE BENEFITS OF OUTDOOR EDUCATION
There's no doubt about it, Science Camp and Outdoor Education is good for the mind, body and soul. Some of the benefits of bringing the classroom to life outdoors include:
"For students, benefits include increased academic success, better mental and physical health, lower levels of stress and anxiety, better and more numerous social connections, better intra-and interpersonal skills, increased environmental sensitivity, and better connectedness to nature and to place."
"Improvements can be seen in students' perceived group-work skills...attitudes and confidence toward group work, and the cooperative and social environment..."
FUN OF LEARNING
"Outdoor adventure education experiences can also help participants shift their perception toward viewing learning as fun and toward understanding that the best learning involves initiative by the learner."
LEARNING THAT LASTS
Outdoor learning "stimulates brain function and development" in addition to seeing "the learning still happening even after [a] trip has concluded" as an individual shares and recounts the experience for peers, family and friends."
"Outdoor education...increased vitality" in both intraverted and extraverted students. Additionally, unwanted or disruptive classroom behaviors were "mainly absent when [students] were observed outdoors".
"The physical distance [provided by outdoor education] to a person's daily routines seems to create a psychological distance, too" resulting in "an increase in life satisfaction, happiness, mindfulness, self-efficacy, and lower perceived stress."
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