Benefits of Outdoor Recreation at Trinity Teen Solutions

While attending Trinity Teen Solutions, each struggling teen girl will have opportunities to explore nature’s amazing wonders. Surrounded by protected forest, Trinity’s campus sprawls across 160 acres. Equine, animal, and recreational therapies in the majestic West are part of the calming healing that teen girls enjoy here in Wyoming. To learn more about our holistic approach that treats the ENTIRE person: MIND (mental health), BODY (physical health), and SOUL (spiritual health),  please call 307-202-8400

Benefits of Outdoor Recreation

Experts say that outdoor learning is quite beneficial to students because it makes them healthier and happier, and they do better academically. The various benefits include: 1

  1. Students who get to experience an outdoor learning environment tend to be more attentive and, therefore, have a better recollection of the information that was shared.

  1. Consistent exposure to nature decreases stress and anxiety, helps elevate mood, and helps with emotion.

  1. Children often have too much exposure to digital screens via televisions, computers, and cell phones. This can result in a “nature deficit disorder,” which may lead to obesity and possible psychological and academic issues. Outdoor learning allows students to put their focus back on nature.

  1. Outdoor environments naturally inspire children to be more physically active.

  1. Exposure to bright sunlight found in nature is also healthy for vision. Bright sunlight is necessary for the eyes to develop properly, lowering the risk of nearsightedness.

  1. In outdoor settings, children are more motivated to work together in groups, which can improve their social skills. They learn to manage conflicts, communicate, and cooperate with their peers in a more effective manner.

  1. Outdoor learning provides children with hands-on experiences in nature. Most children learn better by using their senses. Outdoor environments provide the perfect place to do this. Instead of viewing different types of plants or wildlife on a computer or TV screen, they can see, smell, hear, and touch them in nature. Students can even start a garden and grow fruits and vegetables, which may have them wanting to sample their harvest. These hands-on experiences cultivate a love of nature and get them.1

Outdoor education and play support emotional, behavioral and intellectual development. Studies have shown that students who learn outdoors develop: a sense of self, independence, confidence, creativity, decision-making and problem-solving skills, empathy towards others, motor skills, self-discipline and initiative. 2

Learning outdoors is active and increases students’ physical, mental and social health. Some studies have even shown follow-up (e.g., non-school) physical activity increases with outdoor learning. Access to nature has also been shown to decrease the symptoms of ADHD. Outdoor learning and access to nature also decrease stress levels of students and teachers. 2

A number of studies have documented increased school performance through outdoor education. Research has document increased standardized test scores, enhanced attitude about school, improved in-school behavior, improved attendance and overall enhanced student achievement when students learn in and about nature.

In addition, outdoor education effectively employs a greater range of children’s intelligences. Many researchers contribute the increase in performance to increased relevance and hands-on experience of learning outdoors.  2

Holistic Healing and Learning Outdoors

Trinity Teen Solutions’ holistic approach restores the mind, body, and spirit of troubled teen girls through innovative therapeutic approaches and trauma-informed therapeutic care. And we work tirelessly to reunite your entire family through family therapy. That’s why we value Christian Counseling, Evidenced-Based Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy.

The goal of Trinity Teen Solutions is to help troubled girls develop the emotional, social and intellectual skills needed to independently live, learn and work in the community. Most private insurance will pay for your daughter’s inpatient residential treatment at Trinity Teen Solutions. To speak with a Family Advocate, please call 307-202-8400.

Sources: 

1 https://www.learningliftoff.com/the-surprising-benefits-of-outdoor-learning/

2 https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/leaf/school-grounds/documents/outdoor%20education%20research%20for%20school%20Grounds.pdf

 

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