The benefits of daily opportunities to explore nature, develop creativity, to be part of a community and to truly play will last a lifetime.

nature

stronger resilience

Children with more access to natural areas have better resilience in dealing with stress.

better self-regulation

Increased frequency and length of use of green spaces shows gains in self-regulation.

general mental wellness

Access to green space improved children's confidence, social interactions, cognitive development, academic achievement, and emotional well-being.

increased physical ability

Children are more active outdoors - creating opportunities for increased physical awareness, skill, balance, and strength.

art

better problem-solving

Children with experiences in process art practice independent decision making frequently.

improved communication

Access to art supplies and freedom of choice allow children more opportunities for abstract communication and productive conversation.

increased creativity

Children that practice creating are more creative, imaginative, flexible, and demonstrate increased ingenuity.

more confidence

Increased practice in creating works and experimenting with materials gives children more confidence.

community

lasting friendships

A small consistent group of kids leads to long-term relationships with peers.

sense of place

Spending time connecting with the nature present in our community gives children a sense of place within the world that they will carry with them for life.

taking responsibility

A consistent space with consistent peers allows children to develop a sense of responsibility toward their environment and to others.

community involvement

This responsibility toward the community allows children to experience their value and position within the community and allows them to see ways in which they can improve it.

play

making connections

During free play children's brains are busy growing, creating synapsis that will provide the framework for their mental capacity throughout life.

improved motor skills

While playing, children aren't thinking about what they are physically able to do - they are doing it.

appropriate risk-taking

With constantly improving motor skills, children are confident in trying new things and gaining new skills.

grit development

Children that take risks often fail - and then try again. This type of grit, the determination to try again, has been proven to benefit children of all ages at multiple times in their lives.