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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. However, test-obsessed societies appear to offer decreasing opportunities for teaching anything except language and math skills. The purpose of this volume 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.

The Great Outdoors: Advocating for Natural Spaces for Young Children (Rev. ed.)

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. Each chapter ends with action items to improve children’s access to safe, clean, and interesting places in your community and is packed with resource ideas for further exploration.

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.

Ever since Richard Louv diagnosed nature-deficit disorder in his classic book Last Child in the Woods, parents and teachers have been looking for more ways to connect children with the outdoors. Nationally recognized naturalist and artist Clare Walker Leslie has been igniting kids curiosity about nature for more than 30 years. Her unique approach combines directed observational activities with journaling and field-note prompts that are designed to nurture the next generation of nature lovers and environmentalists.

This site provides a variety of resources, research, featured stories, links, and more for Head Start teachers to use in getting their students outside.

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, Jones and Reynolds explain how and why play is a critical part of children’s development, as well as the central role adults have to promote it. This classic textbook and popular practitioner resource offers systematic descriptions and analyses of the different roles a teacher adopts to support play, including those of stage manager, mediator, player, scribe, assessor, communicator, and planner.

Truck Farm DVD

Truck Farm DVD

Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

How can children be encouraged to make a lasting connection to nature? This program profiles the efforts of educators and parents to introduce children to the natural world and to involve them—through outdoor play, class activities, and their own creative work—in a process of outdoor discovery. Beyond the immediate benefits to child development that come with exploration and improvisational learning, the program documents how meaningful time spent outdoors can cultivate in children a permanent caring for nature—a crucial ethic of environmental responsibility.

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. New experiences like answering the telephone and washing one’s hands are made easier when Billy B. explains the benefits of common courtesy and cleanliness. (ages 2-8)

Peppered with anecdotes and friendly advice, while based in research and experience, Wings, Worms, and Wonder: A Guide for Creatively Integrating Gardening and Outdoor Learning, by Kelly Johnson, gives above and beyond gardening guidance on topics such as composting and organic pest control, as well as giving adults the tools to reconnect themselves and the children in their lives to the natural world through holistic gardening experiences. It will ignite your confidence to create outdoor learning experiences that nurture both wonder and ecological literacy.

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.

Woodsy's ABCs is a colorful, engaging book that brings nature alive for young children. Children ages 3-6 will especially enjoy following Woodsy through the alphabet as they learn both reading skills and nature facts. The full-color book includes activities to complement the playful prose.

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