Carbondale New School has long recognized the importance of connecting children with the outdoors by providing open, unstructured spaces for creative play. Students interact daily with the space during the lunch hour. To celebrate the school's commitment to nature, CNS has recently been recognized as a Certified Nature Explore® Classroom.
As more children become disconnected with nature, places like the Carbondale New School become increasingly important. Recent research backs up the school's long-standing commitment: contact with nature promotes healthier social behavior, lessens social dysfunction, helps alleviate stress and improves resilience.
Wilderness and nature-based experiences result in a range of benefits including: improved physical and mental health (e.g., reduced body fat, reduced anxiety and stress, and improved self-esteem); positive changes in behavior; enhanced connection to nature; and improved knowledge and skills acquisition.
Outdoor recreation can also benefit children with specific health issues, such as obesity and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.