We’re calling for policy makers to produce guidance to schools stating that at least an hour of lesson time per day should be spent outdoors.
Why are we asking for this?
Being connected to nature is widely known to improve physical health, wellbeing and learning in young people. Spending time outdoors can help us to be more active and focused, stimulating new ideas and helping young people to apply their learning to real situations.
By engaging in outdoor activities with others, young people can improve their communication skills and confidence through shared tasks, whilst making a positive difference to their environment and the natural world.
When it comes to wellbeing, the outdoors can offer space to process difficult experiences, and acts as a source of respite from busy places. Over the past year many of us have become more aware of nature as a source of comfort, reflection, and indeed fun!