How does nature help a young person’s well-being? According to research shared by the Child Mind Institute, spending time in nature builds confidence, promotes creativity and imagination, teaches responsibility, gets kids moving and thinking, reduces stress and engages the five senses. Give students the benefits of “green” time this spring with service projects that get them outside. Look below for some ideas and resources.
- Transform an unused outdoor space into something amazing and introduce others to the benefits of being in nature.
- Learn how your club can advocate for Green Schoolyards and Learning Outside.
- Research what’s involved in planning, planting and harvesting a school or community garden with the Kids Gardening Toolkit from Kiwanis International service partner KidsGardening.
- Visit Children & Nature Network to learn more about the benefits of being in nature and to stay updated on related research and projects through its Nature News.
Whatever way your club decides to celebrate nature and its amazing gifts, share your project through social media using #KKids or with Kiwanis International through our Share Your Project form. Let other clubs see your project — and your impact!