"Learning outdoors supports child development. Children greatly benefit developmentally from being outdoors. Outdoor education and play support emotional, behavioral and intellectual development. Studies have shown that students who learn outdoors develop: a sense of self, independence, confidence, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, empathy towards others, motor skills, self-discipline, and initiative. Teaching and learning outdoors is fun. Often, the outdoors provides a change of pace from the classroom, which students and teachers enjoy. Studies have shown increased student enthusiasm for learning outdoors." (Summaries of Outdoor Education Research)
Study after study shows us that children need to spend more time outside, and not just for "downtime"
Chapin's Outdoor Education program, including our experiential learning-centered trips like Camp Mason and our two outdoor classrooms embrace all of many things that can be learned only outside. With the beautiful, warm fall we've been having, our students have loved learning outside!