Culture and Health

A systematic review of arts-based interventions delivered to children and young people in nature or outdoor spaces

Impact on nature connectedness, health and wellbeing

The review summarises information from numerous databases and by contacting experts on the interconnection between the arts and nature and their impact on the health and wellbeing of children and young people. Eleven studies were selected, conducted in various countries such as the UK, USA, Ireland, Australia and Hong Kong, in different natural locations such as forests, woodlands, beaches, parks and fields. It was found that arts experiences in nature, which are highly inclusive, engage young people who are disinterested in environmental issues, the wellbeing of the planet linked to the wellbeing of people, increasing awareness, more sustainable behaviour and a potential decrease in ecological anxiety. However, a low quality of quantitative studies was found and further research is needed to provide more solid evidence for the inclusion of arts in nature in future health guidelines.