Outdoor Learning Research

If you are looking for research about the benefits (or otherwise) of getting children outside then these websites are good places to begin. Please contact Juliet if you have other suggestions.

Children and Nature Network

Has excellent summaries of international research concerning the impact of nature on children. This is probably the most comprehensive and accessible online collection.

Creative STAR Delicious page

This is where Juliet bookmark’s material relevant to outdoor learning and place. At the top there is a search facility. Type in “research” and all her bookmarked research information will appear (like magic)!


A website which aims to communicate environmental education to educators.

Grounds for Learning

Have a research section in their website that is contains lots of school grounds data and publications.

Institute for Outdoor Learning

Has a literature review What is outdoor learning? by Dr Roger Greenaway, providing an adventure-based perspective.

Education Scotland – Outdoor Learning 

Has a specific research section with lots of links that are not easily found elsewhere.

Learning Outside the Classroom

England and Wales website dedicated to outdoor learning. Its research section has an interesting mix of research and reports.

Nature Art Education

A Finnish research website. Go to the Resources section to see the links to specific arts related articles.

Outdoor Education Research and Evaluation Centre

Has American-based research.

Play Scotland

Has an extensive research section with various articles and information about the benefits of outdoor play.

Outdoor Education Research A-Z Directory

Roger Greenaway has a very comprehensive on his Reviewing website. This is a super resource.

Scottish Natural Heritage – Our Work section

Has research and commissioned reports which can be accessed or bought.

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