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The great outdoors, seen through the eyes of a child

A girl plays in the spray of the waves as the sun sets on the Mediterranean.

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girl plays by seagirl plays by seaPhoto: Mohammed Abed / Getty Images
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As the weather gets warmer, Israel's beaches become a popular destination for children of all ages – and being outdoors offers much more than a breath of fresh air.

Studies show outdoor time helps children grow lean and strong, enhances imaginations and attention spans, decreases aggression, and boosts classroom performance, according to the National Wildlife Federation. "In addition, children who spend time in nature regularly are shown to become better stewards of the environment."

With such a wealth of benefits, it's no wonder that countries around the world have youth programs specifically geared toward helping children develop a connection with nature.

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