Want Your Kids to Get Into Harvard? Tell ‘Em to Go Outside!

DF-41A growing body of evidence supports the belief that spending time in nature has positive impacts for youth.  Schools that have developed outdoor teaching areas and nature-based educational experiences report academic improvements among students in multiple subject areas. Researchers are finding that out-of-school learning experiences, which include non-formal educational settings like national parks, museums, and nature centers, contribute to student’s knowledge and interest in science and the environment.   

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Louv, Richard. 2014 Sept 22. Want Your Kids to Get into Harvard? Tell ‘Em To Go Outside. Children & Nature Network: The New Nature Movement. http://blog.childrenandnature.org/


The Future of the Urban South

USGS and NC State scientists project urban sprawl in the south through 2060 using urban growth simulations.  The study looked beyond population projections to focus on the type of development… that is sprawl.  The extent of the developed land has important implications for both ecology, ecosystem services, and land conservation.  The results examine areas where ecosystem fragmentation is likely, and is intended to support local and regional discussions on “tradeoffs between ecosystem health, economic growth and cultural desires”.  Read the entire article online.

Terando AJ, Costanza J, Belyea C, Dunn RR, McKerrow A, et al. (2014) The Southern Megalopolis: Using the Past to Predict the Future of Urban Sprawl in the Southeast U.S. PLoS ONE 9(7): e102261. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102261