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The purpose of this study was to investigate if nature had an effect on student's moods and behaviors during their school day. Students were surveyed before a nature experience to determine how they felt on a typical school day when they do not go outside for classes. On the day of the nature experience, students were surveyed again to see if they felt any different. Students were surveyed about several indicators of their moods and behaviors such as their ability to focus, concentrate and stay on task, their ability to be creative, their stress and anxiety levels, their attitudes towards school and classes, their ability to pay attention, their risk of getting into trouble, their level of tiredness and their level of being calm and relaxed. While more research is needed, it was concluded from the data that nature has a positive effect on student's moods and behaviors.