‘Outdoor Kids’ Are Happier, ‘Indoor Kids’ Are a Myth

Kids who play outside tend to be happier, healthier, and better adjusted. Full stop.

Fatherly. Jun 12 2018. By Joshua A. Krisch: Studies suggest that our brains respond to nature by muting our stress responses, Mitchell says, decreasing the concentration of stress hormones circulating in our bodies and lowering our blood pressure. And that’s just from fleeting exposure to natural environments. Studies have shown that children who spend significant time outdoors are better able to pay attention in class and score higher on standardized tests. One 2005 study found that at-risk youth in California experienced a 27 percent increase in classroom behavior and mastery of science concepts after just one week of outdoor education. Read More


The Pinewood Legacy garden features a wide variety of play-ready, LAUSD approved, California native foliage, including those featured here.

Photo Credits:  Orly Olivier for FormLA Landscaping

The garden also contains  Beards Tongue (Penstemon heterophyllus `Margarita BOP‘) and  additional orchard trees including  Fuji apple (Malus domestica), and Pomegranate (Punica granatum), as well as a Thornless Palo Verde (Cercidium x `Desert Museum).