Nature-based learning is the combination of early childhood education and environmental education. Developmental domains are combined with environmental literacy. While building developmental skills in a natural environment, a nature connection is made. Children become aware of the relationships between themselves and the land.
Nature-based learning allows opportunities for creative, sensory rich, child-led activities; it is simultaneously stimulating and calming.
Nature plays a vital role in the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development of children. Research has shown that children who spend more time outside are healthier, able to think more clearly, have an easier time paying attention, and have better ability to cope effectively with stress.
Childhood experiences in nature encourage curiosity and interest in the natural world. Those experiences help children grow intellectually in their desire to understand their world and their place in it. Nature-based learning influences a positive attitude towards nature.