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Learn to teach outside even if you’re not outdoorsy! This eBook is written for teachers, parents, caregivers, and mentors who understand the value and importance of having their children spend time in nature but may not have the time, resources, or ability to dedicate a regular part of their schedule to outdoor education. No matter how much time you have or advanced preparation you’ve done, there are things you can do with your students outside that are fun, educational, and worthwhile. This book contains 20 detailed, Common Core-aligned, step-by-step activities that are categorized by grade level, time needed, materials needed, “readiness level,” and subject. They are designed to be accessible for everyone, regardless of your comfort level with the great outdoors. The activities are designed for children in grades Pre-K through 5 but can easily be adapted for other ages and stages as well.

Full of real-life activities, examples, and educator resources to take the fun of STEM outside, this book will help teachers articulate connections between nature play, outdoor experiences, and STEM learning in young children.

Published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), this magazine for preschool educators is focused on hands-on classroom strategies. Like its sister magazine, Young Children, this magazine is of general interest in preschool education, and it often includes stories related to environmental education.

If we are to create a brighter future, the world's children must understand their role in safeguarding and improving the environment. Teachers have the potential to create future generations of responsible citizens. The purpose is to assist teachers in dealing with environmental concerns within the scope of the existing school curricula, rather than in addition to it.

In this unique collaboration, two naturalists ask what may happen now that so many more children are denied exposure to wildness than at any other time in human history.

This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration.

For many school-age children, outdoor experiences are very limited. The author compellingly argues for ensuring that children have outdoor play and learning opportunities, describes exciting playgrounds in the U.S. and other countries, and provides practical information on safety, accessibility, and curriculum.

Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.

The Outdoor Classroom Project offers training, consulting, and design services for creating outdoor classrooms. Focused mostly in California, the organization maintains demonstration sites people can visit to see outdoor classrooms in action.

Responding to current debates on the place of play in schools, authors explain how and why play is a critical part of development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play.

A Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids--and a parenting memoir and a great read for anybody who is interested in nature-based early childhood education, parents as well as teachers.

Billy B., the natural science song and dance man, helps preschoolers become more aware of the world around them with self-help and nature songs.

Through this family’s experiences, we observe how free play in nature hones a sense of wonder, provides healthy challenges, and nurtures earth stewardship. “Parents need to support kids’ access to independent outdoor play,” says Sobel. “Of course they should use judgment, but the benefits outweigh the risks.”

Overflowing with tips for successfully gardening with children in school and community settings, Wings, Worms, and Wonder also includes 36 child tested lesson plans, you’ll find everything you need to seamlessly integrate gardening into both elementary curricula and daily life.

Wonder is the bimonthly newsletter of the World Forum Foundation's Nature Action Collaborative for Children. The newsletter is free and can be downloaded online and is also printed in Exchange magazine.

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