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Are you struggling with learner engagement? Is your digital learning failing to get the traction you hoped for?

Well, maybe it is time to turn off the devices, open the classroom doors, and go outside because taking learners out of the classroom and into natural environments improves learning motivation, enjoyment, and engagement. Read these six learning benefits of nature and be ready to supercharge your learning programmes using the natural world around us.



Safe, natural spaces are proven to have a positive impact on self-esteem.

Enhanced self-esteem helps learners to feel confident, capable, and resilient. Learners with high-self esteem are more likely to challenge themselves and are better able to self-regulate, self-manage, and access social support.

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Nature contributes to white and grey brain matter and supports the development of executive function. Spending time in nature can reduce cognitive overload and increase flexibility. Memory is also said to improve by up to 20% after one hour spent in nature, giving learners a greater chance of learning retention.

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Attention Restoration Theory asserts that people can concentrate better after spending time in nature. Nature provides effortless fascination allowing directed attention to recover. This restorative experience means learners avoid overload and are ready to learn again faster.

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Our environment is a crucial influence on creativity. Being immersed in a natural setting (away from routine habitats) stimulates creativity and curiosity and helps learners adopt more of an exploratory mindset and an openness to embrace and generate new ideas.

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Outdoor learning is perfect for teamwork, exploration, and playfulness. Experiences in nature can boost connection with others, improve team cohesion and pro-social behaviours, and reduce feelings of isolation. These factors benefit social learning, role modelling, imitation, and transfer of learning into workplace settings.

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Studies have shown that spending time in nature lifts mood, promotes calm, and reduces stress. High levels of well-being increase motivation, behaviour, and performance. Daylight strengthens the body’s circadian rhythm and improves sleep quality. Ultimately, people who feel better learn better.

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Ashorne Hill is the natural home of learning and development. With 35 acres of beautiful Warwickshire countryside on the doorstep, Ashorne Hill’s learning team can design and deliver tailored learning programmes that harness the learning benefits of nature and meet your organisational goals,ensuring your colleagues return to work better equipped and readier than ever for the challenges ahead.

Find out more about our well-being programmes