Youth & the Environment
Promoting the value of outdoor spaces and providing opportunities for children and youth to connect with, value and become stewards of their natural environment.
The physical environment plays a central role in the health and development of children and youth. Research suggests that developmental opportunities for young people are expanded or diminished by their physical surroundings and their physical, emotional, intellectual and social health are positively affected by contact with nature. The Lawson Foundation aspires to a society in which children and youth breathe clean air, consume safe water and food, and are protected from the risks of environmental contaminants.
We believe in initiatives that promote the value of outdoor spaces and provide greater opportunities for children and youth to connect with, value and become stewards of their natural environment.
This new area of interest builds on the Foundation’s earlier work in early child development, diabetes and healthy active living. We are exploring the intersections between the environment and young people to determine where the Foundation can best focus its funding in this new area and will report back on our research and next steps for our newest Impact Area.
Have an idea?
The Lawson Foundation is always interested in hearing about new ideas. If you have carefully read our Strategic Direction and believe that your work is closely aligned to it, we invite you to put your innovative ideas forward for potential funding support via our Ideas Portal.
Queen’s University Biological Station Outreach & Environmental Education (2016-2019)
Systematic Review on the Impact of Nature on the Healthy Development of Children and Youth: Evidence, Gaps and Opportunities (2015)
University of Victoria
Systematic Review on the Impact of Nature on the Healthy Development of Children and Youth from an Environmental Psychology Perspective (2015)