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This guide from the Children and Nature Network provides inspiration, information, tips and resources for those who are—or who might be—interested in creating a Nature Club for Families. The guide provides quick ideas for safe, fun, and hassle-free outings for families.

Nature Explore helps early childhood education centers create nature-based outdoor spaces or classrooms by offering workshops, design consultations, and certification programs. Nature Explore also sells natural play materials for use in outdoor classrooms and provides resources for families. Nature Explore is a joint project of the Arbor Day Foundation and the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

This book is an exploration on naturalistic learning within Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools. Using cases studies and academic research, Clare Warden explores everything that goes into setting up and coordinating a Nature Kindergarten.

Most children’s playgrounds are metal, plastic, concrete and devoid of nature. These guidelines show how to create a new type of nature play and learning area with trees, shrubs, flowers, and natural materials so that children and families can experience and appreciate wildlife and nature at every place they use in every community. Two chapters are devoted to the management, maintenance, and risk management of this type of community space.

Developed by the National Wildlife Federation and Natural Learning Initiative, this guide is an tool for creating enticing outdoor play spaces in your backyard, patio, or balcony. The guide contains easy-to-use instructions for creating features like edible pathways, fairy villages, areas for water or sand play, backyard habitat, and much more.

This guide from The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association explores why nature play is important, its essential characteristics, and what organizations can do to restore children's play.

Environmental education expert David Sobel joins with a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program.

Children will learn how to build a den from branches, make twig boats to sail across a pond, and voyage through the backyard to find tiny insects and creatures. Activities include invigorating games, natural crafts, and lively adventures, all of which are organized by season. An additional chapter also addresses safe activities for children after dark. Perfect for families, caretakers, and educators, this creative resource encourages children to turn off the television and play outside all year round.

Nature-Watch provides educational nature products and craft activity kits designed to teach children about nature. Since 1987 Nature-Watch has provided environmental science curriculum and nature craft projects to thousands of schools, camps, museums, nature centers, park and recreation programs, zoos, libraries, after-school programs, scouts and many others. Our hands on educational materials and crafts engage, enlighten and enliven the learning experience for children while being a great resource of nature instructional materials for indoor and outdoor educators.

This award-winning documentary takes the viewer on an inspiring education journey to the Nordic North in a cinematic portrait of childhood, education, and play.

An infographic created by the National Environmental Education Foundation giving facts about why being active in nature makes kids healthier. Free printable download in English and Spanish, as a JPEG or PDF.

This stunning book examines how to develop the learning benefits of connecting children to Nature and inspires the reader to ensure that all children are gaining the benefits of this connection. Each chapter celebrates a natural element such as mud, water, sand, and shows how these readily available and in the most part free of cost resources can be used through all the seasons.

Claire Warden presents and shares her practice, philosophy and expertise that underpins the award winning Auchlone Nature Kindergarten in Scotland. DVD Filmed on location at Auchlone Nature Kindergarten.

Playing and Learning Outdoors shows early years practitioners how to get the very best from outdoor playing and learning for the enjoyment, health and education of all children from ages three to five years. Playing and Learning Outdoors offers practitioners achievable advice and support, based on approaches which are appropriate and effective for young children’s all-round well-being and development. This invaluable resource also includes practical advice on movement and physical play; playing with sand, natural materials, and water; plants, living things, and growing; and construction, creativity, and imaginative play.

Project Learning Tree is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12. PLT's "Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood" curriculum guide includes 11 activities and other experiences to facilitate outdoor play and nature exploration, and also includes a music CD with children's songs. PLT also offers a GreenSchools! program and provides materials for helping children and families connect with nature.

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