Nature Play Lifestyle
Nature Play Lifestyle provides guidance and support to engage young learners in connecting to the natural world. This YouTube Channel is more than a place to provide tips and tricks to help support others in the field, it's a community. We come together to share ideas and I guide conversations about what I've learned as a nature preschool teacher over the last 10 years. I post videos every Wednesday and Saturday.
Supporting Children Outdoors: Tips and Tricks from a Nature Play Professional
This workshop will help to guide you in how to support your young learners in connecting to the natural world. We will discuss what nature play can look like, provide supportive tips on how to get started and offer ideas for hands on tools to bring outside to inspire nature play. This workshop is perfect for a nature based educators and caregivers of young learners.
We're constantly looking for great resources for our members. Below is a complete list of the resources we've gathered so far. You can select the types of resources you're looking for. To select more than one type of resource, hold the control button while you make your selections.
This book examines the reasons why children should interact and connect with real animals, and it identifies the rich learning that results. You'll find lots of practical ideas to create authentic experiences that bring children and animals together - even if live animals are not permitted in your setting.
Coop Ecology provides the essential design features for those wishing to start a school based on cooperative and ecological principles. Though out of print, this is a PDF version for free. It has been used by dozens of place-based schools since its publication almost twenty years ago.
The guidebook serves as an educational resource and training tool that highlights research-based design procedures for both parks and school grounds. The publication brings cost effective design solutions to communities to support the development of new play environments and the retrofit of existing play areas.
The book Cultivating Joy and Wonder is the fruit of Shelburne Farms’ years of experience brought into your early childhood classroom through engaging activities, essays, and resources that encourage children to explore and engage in the world.
CULTIVATING KIDS features a school farm on South Whidbey Island, WA, and shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to the curriculum while encouraging a healthy diet.
This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum - promoting the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well.
ECEERS is a formative evaluation tool designed to assist programs in improving their environmental education curriculum. Private and public early childhood programs, be it center-based child development or family day care centers, can all benefit by making needed improvements in the quality of activities, experiences, interactions, and instruction pertaining to the world of nature .
The project is committed to synthesizing the best thinking about environmental education through an extensive process of review and discussion. Reviewers include classroom teachers, daycare and early childhood education center staff members, educational administrators, environmental scientists, curriculum developers, and natural resource agency and education department staff members.
Resources for teachers on plant learning.
According to site creator Rusty Keeler, the Earthplay site is an online community designed to help people create playscapes that connect children with nature. The site includes ideas for do-it-yourself playscapes, resources, a blog, and more.
Nature-based preschools are powerful programs that fuse early childhood and environmental education to develop a child’s lifelong connection with the natural world. With the number of this program growing throughout the country, many nature centers are asking, “Is a nature-based preschool right for us?”
Exchange is committed to supporting early childhood environments where adults and children thrive – fosteering friendship, curiosity, self-esteem, joy, and respect; where the talents of all are fully challenged and justly rewarded. Exchange often includes articles related to connecting children to nature and other topics of interest to early childhood environmental educators.
A DVD that describes and vividly depicts the value of outdoor learning.
The is designed to support staff to raise their own knowledge and skills to empower them and to celebrate children's voices as guides to the learning possibilities. Highly accessible for anyone working with children from 3 to 11 years old. It provides information, curricular links and progression in learning with benefit risk assessments.
Go beyond linear gardening! The Food Forest games move you beyond the garden row, into the web of relationships that connects plants, insects, animals and people. With these cards you will play fun, challenging games based on relationships found in a real food forest. You begin to understand how to use the complex web of nature to your advantage.