Why Trees?

Trees have a powerful impact on air quality, climate change, energy conservation, water quality, economy, comfort, habitat, and public health.

Kids and Concentration

Go Out and Play! Nature Adds Up for ADD Kids

A study by University of Illinois researchers Andrea Faber Taylor, Frances E. Kuo and William C. Sullivan has revealed that the symptoms of children with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are relieved after contact with nature. The greener the setting, the more the relief.

By comparison, activities indoors such as watching TV, or outdoors in paved, non-green areas leave ADD children functioning worse. More than 2 million children in the United States suffer from ADD. They have chronic difficulty paying attention and focusing on tasks. ADD causes children to be impulsive, prone to outbursts and sometimes to be aggressive. Often their behavior results in family conflict, peer rejection and academic failure.

Maintaining trees and greenery near home and encouraging ADD kids to go out and play may be a compelling approach to help ADD kids function better.

The information in this bulletin is from Coping With ADD: The Surprising Connection to Green Play Settings, Environment and Behavior. Vol. 33 No. 1. January 2001. 54-77.