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Learning About Nature Preschools & Forest Kindergarten

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: A Handbook For Outdoor Learning 

David Sobel and Patti Bailie (2015)

Outdoor Learning in Public Schools

Forest Days Handbook: Program Design for School Days Outside

Eliza Minnucci and Meghan Teachout (2018)

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7: A Month-by-Month Guide to Forest School Provision

Karen Constable (2015)

Educational Philosophies that Support Nature-Based Education

Working in the Reggio Way: A Beginner’s Guide for American Teachers

Julianne P. Wurm (2005)

The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Experience in Transformation

Carolyn Edwards

Free To Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

Peter Gray (2015)

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education

David Sobel (1999)

Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities

David Sobel and Steven David Johnson (2004)

Unschooled: Raising Curious, Well-Educated Children Outside the Conventional Classroom

Peter Gray (2019)

International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education (2019), Volume 6, Number 2 Executive Editor: Yash Bhawanji

Natural Learning Environments & Nature Play Spaces

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments

Eric Nelson (2012)

Designs for Living and Learning

Deb Curtis and Margie Carter (2015)

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators

David Sobel (2008)

Loose Parts Play

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children

Miriam Beloglovsky and Jenna Daly

Beautiful Stuff: Learning with Found Materials

Cath Weisman Topal and Lella Gandini

Playing it Up with Loose Parts, Playpods, and Adventure Playgrounds

Joan Almon Alliance for Childhood

STEM-Based Learning in Nature

Teaching STEM Outdoors: Activities for Young Children

Patty Born Selly (2017)

Messy Maths: A Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years

Juliette Robinson (2017)

Gardening & Wild Edibles

Incredible Wild Edibles: 36 Plants That Can Change Your Life

Samuel Thayer (2017)

Natural History Topics and Flora & Fauna ID

Tom Brown’s Field Guide to Nature Observation and Tracking

Tom Brown, Jr. (1986)

Family Time Outdoors

Wild Play: Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors

David Sobel (2018)

Secrets of the Forest, a four-volume set of books on teaching nature and primitive skills  

Mark Warren of Medicine Bow

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