Hands of the Future cultivates confidence, life skills, well-being, and a respect for the natural world in children of our community through exploratory play.

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Benefits of Interacting with Nature
Various Studies (1977 – 2004)

For Adults

  • Profound effects on well being, including better psychological well being, superior cognitive functioning, fewer physical ailments and speedier recovery from illness.

For Children

  • With symptoms of ADHD are better able to concentrate after contact with nature.
  • Views of and contact with nature score higher on tests of concentration and self- discipline. The greener, the better the scores.
  • Who play regularly in natural environments show more advanced motor fitness, including coordination, balance and agility, and they are sick less often.
  • When they play in natural environments, their play is more diverse with imaginative and creative play that fosters language and collaborative skills.
  • Exposure to natural environments improves their cognitive development by improving their awareness, reasoning and observational skills.
  • Nature buffers the impact of life stress and helps them deal with adversity.
  • Play in a diverse natural environment reduces or eliminates bullying.
  • Nature helps them develop powers of observation and creativity and instills a sense of peace and being at one with the world.
  • Early experiences with the natural world have been positively linked with the development of imagination and the sense of wonder. Wonder is an important motivator for life long learning.
  • Who play in nature have more positive feelings about each other.
  • Natural environments stimulate social interaction between children.
  • Outdoor environments are important to children's development of independence and autonomy.