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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.

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.

The World Forum Foundation launched the Nature Action Collaborative for Children to help connect children to the natural world. The group is made up of environmental educators, early childhood educators, landscape architects and other design specialists, and others on every continent. The group offers a newsletter, sponsors International Mud Day, holds international gatherings every several years, and includes leadership teams from each continent that implement specific projects in their areas.

Young Children is the journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The magazine is published bimonthly and serves as a forum for early childhood educators. Although Young Children is a general-interest early childhood publication, the magazine often includes articles of interest in early childhood environmental education.

Young Children & the Environment

Just released! 2nd edition of 'Young Children and the Environment: Early Education for Sustainability', edited by Australian early childhood academic, Julie M. Davis, published by Cambridge University Press.

Completely updated and expanded, this book will help teachers use the project approach in child care centers, in preschools, and in kindergarten, first grade, and early childhood special education classrooms. For those new to using projects, the book introduces the approach and provides step-by-step guidance for conducting meaningful projects. Experienced teachers will find the teacher interviews, children’s work, photographs, and teacher journal entries used to document the project process in actual classrooms very useful. New features include the use of technology, nature experiences, and expanded toddler projects.

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