Science outdoors is a natural

Giving students opportunities to explore and observe plants, birds, or bugs on the school grounds or in nearby gardens and parks can bring multiple benefits. The Children & Nature Network highlights research findings that support the positive benefits of environment-based studies on school achievement, citing standardized measures in basic subject areas and other indications that environment-based programs foster cooperative learning and civic responsibility. NSTA Press has a rich collection of resources on easy ways to incorporate outdoor science activities in any green area in your schoolyard or nearby park. Read April’s issue of NSTA’s Book Beat for free lessons about seeds, plants, schoolyard surveys, and “Diary of a seed” writing prompts for students preK through high school.

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