Benefits of Nature, Especially for Human Health


“Researchers are amassing a body of evidence, proving what we all know to be true: nature is good for us and has both long and short term mental and physical health benefits.” (

Health Benefits from Forests

  • Boosts immune system
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves mood
  • Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD
  • Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness
  • Increases energy level
  • Improves sleep

(, accessed 5-25-2018)


“Kids who play outside are smarter, happier, more attentive, and less anxious than kids who spend more time indoors.”  “Why go outside?

  • It builds confidence;
  • It promotes creativity and imagination;
  • It provides different stimulation;
  • It gets kids moving;
  • It makes them think;
  • It reduces stress and fatigue.”

(, accessed 5-25-2018)

“Positive impacts include:

  • Supports multiple development domains – intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually and physically.
  • Supports creativity and problem solving.
  • Enhances cognitive abilities.
  • Improves academic performance.
  • Reduces ADD symptoms.
  • Increases physical activity.
  • Improves social relations.
  • Improves self-discipline.

(, accessed 5-25-2018)