There is a wide variety of research available to support the use of environmental education and outdoor instruction. Research indicates improvement in students' critical thinking, motivation, and achievement in core subject areas, classroom behavior, and more.
The National Wildlife Federation has released various reports discussing how outdoors affect children. Topics include children’s well-being, school readiness, and academic performance.
North American Association for Environmental Education has worked with partners and led initiatives to help understand how to practice and communicate about environmental education.