High-quality outdoor summer learning experiences can have a profound effect on youth of all ages. Studies show that quality outdoor learning can lead to improved intellectual and emotional development, which support students’ success in the classroom, and in life. Yet, inequities exist in this area of learning. Studies show that communities of color have less access to high-quality outdoor learning, face higher exposure rates to air pollution and landfills and hazardous waste sites, and are disproportionately affected by climate change. The effects of having lower access to safe, outdoor experiences run deep, including child obesity, diabetes, and asthma, reduced ability to relate to other children and adults, less realistic life expectations, inability to concentrate, and a higher likelihood of personal isolation.
Planned, led, and facilitated by NSLA Field Consultants, the PLC:
Youth-serving programs who seek best practices and resources on how to provide high-quality outdoor learning experiences.
PLC Team Leader
Arthur Pearson, NSLA Field Consultant
President & CEO
Thompson Island Outward Bound
Email Arthur at OutdoorEnvironment@summerlearning.org to learn how you can join the Environment and Outdoor PLC.