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Natural-terrain schoolyards reduce children’s stress

Playing in schoolyards that feature natural habitats and trees and not just asphalt and recreation equipment reduces children’s stress and inattention.

Schools are where children spend a major part of their life hours, so it’s an important place to look at for integrating daily contact with the natural world because of the many benefits it brings. Combination schoolyards that have at least some natural-habitat landscaping, even if they include built structures as well, can have positive impacts on children.

Schools are really prime sites for an ecological model of health and for building access to nature into part of the school routine as a health measure.