Girl, 5, United States

“I like being outside on the playground and playing with all my friends and all the animals – they’re my friends too. I like all the space outside and running around in the forest!”

This child loved being outside at school. During my visits to her school, I observed her become much more engaged in her learning outdoors as opposed to in the classroom where she was quiet and at times, seemed unsure about her social relationships and her learning. The school she is enrolled in is located in a mountainous, forested area which she thoroughly explores each day.