from the Children and Nature Network
As we close the first year of coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, early research – especially large surveys conducted in various parts of the world – is validating what many of us have personally experienced. The pandemic, particularly restrictions limiting nature access, has had deleterious effects on mental health and physical activity, particularly for marginalized communities. Access to nature during lock-down improves coping and mental health outcomes. We present a sampling of this early research in this month’s Research Digest. Studies about nature-based learning as an approach to an effective and safe return to in-person education are just starting to emerge in the literature. We hope to present that research in a summer 2021 Research Digest.