Nature in the News
In Our Nature: Are Forest Preschools the Way of the Future? By Jenni Gritters
Article on how public schools are using the lessons of the forest preschool movement to bring those benefits to more kids, in more places.
Audubon for Kids!
This page aims to bring together activities from across Audubon’s national network of environmental educators, including the classroom curriculum Audubon Adventures, plus related DIY activities and content from Audubon’s editors.
The Ecologist School
96 lesson plans to get out into nature in your own backyard, to encourage siblings to play and learn together at home, and to support or supplement your family’s science education.
An Australian site that has an abundance of resources to support learning outside and at home including ideas and links for ideas in math & science, exercise and creative arts. There are also many links to animal live streams.
Act Naturally: The Benefits of Wet Hands and Muddy Feet by Mark Swartz
Article on how how children benefit from spending time in nature. Includes ideas on how to help young children connect with nature.
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
From the back cover: In his groundbreaking work about the staggering divide between children and the outdoors, journalist and child advocate Richard Louv directly links the absence of nature in the lives of today's wired generation to some of the most disturbing childhood trends: the rise in obesity, attention disorders, and depression. This is the first book to bring together a body of research indicating that direct exposure to nature is essential for healthy childhood development and for the physical and emotional helath of children and adults. More than just raising an alarm, Louv offers practical solutions to heal the broken bond. ISBN 9781565126053
Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget by Julie Powers and Sheila Williams Ridge
Nature-Based Learning for Every Preschool Setting is designed to provide ideas for all early childhood educators ranging from novice to highly experienced in a wide range of ecosystems, including forests, cities, prairies, coastal, urban, and deserts. It includes background information on a range of nature topics, reproducible parent newsletters, sample play-based lesson plans, guidance and health and safety issues related to nature activities, ideas for free/inexpensive equipment and materials and for big-ticket items, ideas for family involvement, and connections to early childhood learning standards. Chapters are divided by nature topic, so readers can dip in right away where they want to start exploring. ISBN 9781605545967