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How often would you say your son is outdoors, engaging with the natural environment around him? As adults, we often understand the therapeutic benefits of being outdoors – fresh air can clear your mind, the peace and quiet allows us to reflect, and the isolation oftens leads to low mobile reception, so we cannot spend all day scrolling through social media.

But what does time in nature do for children? The team over at Children & Nature Network understand the benefits of boys and girls getting outside, and have put together a vast resource library of the latest academic research covering the subject.

Not surprisingly, a lot of the research points to the academic benefits of nature. To show this, they put together a great infographic outlining these benefits, as well as where you can find more information on the research.

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Spending time outdoors has a multitude of benefits, both inside and outside the classroom. The need for boys to be outside in the natural environment, and to create opportunities for them to be challenged physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and academically was the principle behind the creation of The Scots College Glengarry campus, in Kangaroo Valley.

At Glengarry, Year 9 boys spend two terms in the residential program, living with their peers while undertaking a range of physical and academic challenges.

You can learn more about our wonderful Glengarry campus by downloading our Glengarry brochure below.

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The Presbyterian Church (New South Wales) Property Trust T/A The Scots College, Sydney Australia
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William Elder


Mr Alan Elder was born in Scotland and migrated to Australia with his parents at a young age. He attended The Scots College for all his schooling, graduating in 1944. He played 1st XI Cricket and was a member of the College Cadet Unit. After leaving school Mr Elder studied accountancy and retained a life-long love of the College, especially the Pipes and Drums. Mr Elder never married, however the significant bequest he left will allow his Scots family to remember him through the Lang Walker Business Centre.