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These nature play signs and t-shirts are visual ways to spread the word about the importance of connecting children to nature.

Today a basic understanding of environmental issues has become essential to our daily lives. A professor of biological sciences and author of the American ecology classic Keith County Journal, John Janovy, Jr. provides a primer in environmental issues. In 20 ten-minute lessons Janovy gives readers plain, non-threatening answers to the most basic environmental questions, such as: What is an ecosystem? How many is too many? Why is the Arctic so fragile? Essential reading!

A Child’s World – Nature-Inspired Pre-K/K Program (21 Themed Units)

Foster your child’s innate sense of imagination, wonder, and curiosity with the A Child’s World Curriculum written by Leah McDermott. You and your Pre-K/K children can dive into the most comprehensive and exciting activities designed for open-ended exploration, creativity, and high-quality learning with more than a year’s worth of themes (21 total), to cover all of your child’s growing interests!

A Parents' Guide to Nature Play: How to Give Your Children More Outdoor Play ...and Why You Should! In 20 concise pages you can learn about what makes great nature play, why it is important, and how you can restore it to your children’s daily lives. Written by Ken Finch at Green Hearts INC.

For over two decades, Acorn Naturalists has focused on developing and distributing resources that nurture curiosity about the natural world. Selections provide teachers, outdoor educators, naturalists, parents, and others with unique, effective educational resources.

This book from the Alliance for Childhood's Joan Almon is an exploration of why children need adventurous play and how they successfully cope with it through risk-assessment.

These three films look at the benefits of time spent outdoors, each focusing on a specific age group. Each concentrates on a year in children's lives - 0 to 12 months, 12 to 24 months and 24 to 36 months. The films are divided into sections as children of gradually increasing ages are watched going about their work outside. The commentary explains what's happening from the child's point of view.

New England campus offers workshops for EC professionals and students on topics of interest in ECEE. The university plans to create a certificate program and a concentration in nature-based early childhood education for M. Ed. candidates, and eventually expand programs to surrounding communities, and eventually to other campuses.

Help centers create nature-based outdoor spaces or classrooms by offering workshops, design consultations, and certification programs. Also sell natural play materials for use in outdoor classrooms and provide resources for families.

This InfoSheet discusses the benefits of connecting children to nature and presents examples of simple ways to naturalize outdoor learning environments in childcare centers.

Since 1977 Bill Brennan (a.k.a. “Billy B.”) has electrified children, parents, and teachers alike with his exciting, unique style of combining environmental education and entertainment. Billy B., a trained educator turned performer, uses songs and dances which he writes and choreographs himself to teach children of all ages about the wonders of natural science, ecology and the environment.

This book offers a paradigm shift in how we design and build our buildings and our communities, one that recognizes that the positive experience of natural systems and processes in our buildings and constructed landscapes is critical to human health, performance, and well-being. Biophilic design is about humanity's place in nature and the natural world's place in human society, where mutuality, respect, and enriching relationships can and should exist at all levels and should emerge as the norm rather than the exception.

Helping your child's early brain development makes life easier for everybody. We give you ideas about how to play and interact with your children while you are completing your everyday tasks... it just makes life easier!

From "Baby Bumblebee" to "The Ants Go Marching," children will sing and learn about the insects they encounter in their own backyards. The enclosed CD features 21 fun songs-old favorites and originals-and the book offers more than 250 activities that help children appreciate the wonderful world of bugs.

Sustainable design has made great strides in recent years; unfortunately, it still falls short of fully integrating nature into our built environment. Through a groundbreaking new paradigm of "restorative environmental design," award-winning author Stephen R. Kellert proposes a new architectural model of sustainability.

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