Connecting Kids to Nature

The 39-acre campus of Cold Spring School gives IPS students the opportunity to bond with nature in a natural outdoor setting.

This is their land and their peaceful woods. It is the foundation on which our program rests—the essential, natural tool that engages, excites, and promotes the learner's healthy development.

A growing body of research identified in Richard Louv's best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, shows that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development. The association with nature positively impacts a child's mental and physical health while reducing the symptoms of ADHD within the classroom.

Embracing the cultural imperative that "kids come first," we view the Cold Spring campus not as a commodity but as an educational resource for healthy development and learning, especially among our urban children who often lack access to open and safe green spaces.

Indiana Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights

Study Showing Benefit of Time Outdoors to Children's Learning The study was conducted at Cold Spring School!