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The Art of Land-based Early Learning: Volume 1, The Emergence of Natural Materials and Ecological Connections. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, Editors, $35.00

The Art of Land-based Early Learning: Volume 2, The Emergence of the Artist, Artwork, and Community Connections. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, Editors, $35.00

Volume 1: The emergence of materials and ecological relationships. This volume documents and shares experiences with natural materials and the emergence of ecological connections through contextual, relational material engagement.

Volume 2: The emergence of artist, artwork and community connections. This volume shares children’s and educators’ experiences as they learn together, respond to natural materials through art-making, and learn about themselves, local ecologies and their communities in the process. The book provides insight on the role of artwork and the creative process as child-centred documentation and reflection.

These beautiful books share the years of experience of professional artists and educators involved in 4elements 'atelierista' (artist in residence) program. Chapters explore clay, fibre, natural dyeing, charcoal and other natural materials, and explore how the becomings and emergences of these materials help children develop ecological connections and build connection to place. Full of tips, provocations, hints, materials lists, and beautiful photos, these are a great resource for artists and educators working with early learners in schools and daycares.


Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $24.95

Today’s kids have adopted sedentary lifestyles filled with television, video games, and computer screens. But more and more, studies show that children need “rough and tumble” outdoor play in order to develop their sensory, motor, and executive functions.

Using the same philosophy that lies at the heart of her popular TimberNook program—that nature is the ultimate sensory experience, and that psychological and physical health improves for children when they spend time outside on a regular basis — author Angela Hanscom offers several strategies to help children thrive, even in an urban environment.

Today it is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, or spinning in circles just for fun. We’ve taken away merry-go-rounds, shortened the length of swings, and done away with teeter-totters to keep children safe. Children have fewer opportunities for unstructured outdoor play than ever before, and recess times at school are shrinking due to demanding educational environments. With this book, you’ll discover little things you can do anytime, anywhere to help your kids achieve the movement they need to be happy and healthy in mind, body, and spirit.

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Beautiful Stuff from Nature: More Learning with Found Materials. Edited by Cathy Weisman Topal and Leila Gandini, $51.95

Beautiful Stuff from Nature illustrates unique stories from teachers across North America who were challenged to explore their outdoor spaces with children to see where their interests lead. In these pages, you’ll encounter ordinary experiences made extraordinary through the teacher’s documentation and discover ideas for using natural materials to enrich your classroom, engage your students, and build on initial explorations.


The Big Book of Nature Activities. Drew Monkman & Jacob Rodenburg, $39.95

The average child can identify over 300 corporate logos, but only 10 native plants or animals — a telling indictment of our modern disconnection from nature. Soaring levels of obesity, high rates of ADHD, feelings of stress and social awkwardness and "Nature Deficit Disorder" are further unintended consequences of a childhood spent primarily indoors. The Big Book of Nature Activities is a comprehensive guide for parents and educators to help youth of all ages explore, appreciate and connect with the natural world. This rich, fully illustrated compendium features:

  • Nature-based skills and activities such as species identification, photography, journaling and the judicious use of digital technology Ideas, games and activities grounded in what's happening in nature each season
  • Core concepts that promote environmental literacy, such as climate change and the mechanisms and wonder of evolution, explained using a child-friendly, engaging approach
  • Lists of key species and happenings to observe throughout the year across most of North America

Perfect for families, educators, and youth leaders, The Big Book of Nature Activities is packed with crafts, stories, information and inspiration to make outdoor learning fun!


Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Robin Wall Kimmerer, $26.95

As a botanist, Robin Wall Kimmerer has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she embraces the notion that plants and animals are our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, Kimmerer brings these two lenses of knowledge together to take us on “a journey that is every bit as mythic as it is scientific, as sacred as it is historical, as clever as it is wise” (Elizabeth Gilbert).

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings — asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass — offer us gifts and lessons, even if we've forgotten how to hear their voices. In reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

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Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Karen Constable, $41.90

Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice provides an accessible introduction to Forest School practice. It identifies the key issues involved in setting up, running and managing a Forest School environment and offers clear guidance on resources, staffing and space required for successful play and learning outdoors. Including links to the Early Years Foundation Stage and a wide range of case studies, the book covers:

  • The beginnings of Forest School and how practice has developed
  • Child centred play and learning that allows for risk taking and challenge
  • Planning for children’s individual needs, learning styles and schemas
  • The learning environment
  • The role of the adult including health and safety and children’s welfare

Full of practical advice, this convenient guide will help practitioners to deliver new, exciting and inspiring opportunities for the children they care for.


Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. David Sobel, $26.95

This leading voice in environmental education shows teachers how to build connections between the classroom and the real world. The book demonstrates the seven design principles for structuring projects that focus on the environment. These projects explore issues that students care about as they build skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and problem-solving. An ideal resource for helping students appreciate the complexity and seriousness of our environmental issues.


Coyote's Guide to Connecting With Nature, 2nd Edition. Jon Young, Ellen Haas & Evan McGown, $49.95

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature has been hailed by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, as “good medicine for nature-deficit disorder.”

Coyote mentoring is a method of learning that has been refined over thousands of years, based on instilling the need-to-know. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature reveals this approach and what happens to student and teacher during the mentoring process. Strategies like questioning, storytelling, tracking, mapping, and practicing survival skills will inspire student curiosity and encourage self-sufficiency. Background information will help parents, teachers and others feel more confident in introducing children to new ways of experiencing and learning about the natural world. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, 2nd Edition will change the way you walk in the woods, whether by yourself or with children.

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David Hawkins and the Pond Study — Includes Book Two. David & Frances Hawkins & the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Kellogg, $28.95

This powerful two-book compilation includes rare photos, excerpts from the original documentation, and Elizabeth’s reflections on two inspirational projects David and Frances led.


Deep Nature Play: a Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning. Joseph Bharat Cornell, $21.95

Recapture a sense of wholeness and belonging through deep nature play. When absorbed in deep play, our sensory awareness is heightened. We become immersed in the present moment and feel intensely alert and alive. Because play is joyful and rewarding, we operate at the peak of our mental and physical capacity.

Let Joseph Cornell, one of the world's most popular nature educators, empower you with the tools to maximize play, and transform it from mere entertainment into a doorway to enhanced living, creativity, and concentration.


Dirty Teaching: a Beginner's Guide to Learning Outdoors. Juliet Robertson, $32.95

Juliet Robertson offers tips and tricks to help any primary school teacher kick-start or further develop their outdoor practice. One of the keys to a happy and creative classroom is getting out of it and this book will give you the confidence to do just that. Drawing on academic research, Juliet explains why learning outdoors is so beneficial and provides plenty of tips and activities to help you to integrate outdoor learning into your teaching practice, providing a broad range of engaging outdoor experiences for your students.

There is no need for expensive tools or complicated technologies: all you need is your coat and a passion for learning — oh, and you'd better bring the kids too! Topics covered include: forest schools, learning outside the classroom, outdoor education, nature activities, caring for the environment, play in schools, investigative play, urban outdoor activities, problem solving, creative thinking and strategies for supporting curriculum objectives.

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Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $36.95

Explore the wonders of the natural world with the naturally curious child.


Down to the River and Up to the Trees: Discover the Magic of Forest Therapy and Many More Natural Wonders. Sue Belfrage, $15.99

In a stressful, chaotic world, many of us are turning to nature for a sense of serenity and happiness. While the idea of the wild outdoors is enticing, though, our busy lives and our location can cause us to become detached from nature. Down to the River and Up to the Trees will show you how to connect with the natural world around you, whether you live in the city or the countryside.

From getting to know the local wildlife, to foraging and creating naturally-sourced masterpieces, Down to the River is brimming with practical information, intriguing quotes and inspirational ideas. Discover how to carve your own spoon; to be able to tell if the moon is waxing or waning; or try forest bathing (surrounding yourself with trees). Learn how to make yourself at home amongst the animals and plants on your doorstep, in harmony with your surroundings. There is space too for you to record your thoughts and findings, whatever shape they take.


Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an Outside Learning Environment. Prue Walsh, $69.50

The outdoor play environment has an integral role to play in a child’s learning across the pivotal early childhood years. An outside space that is well designed allows for enriching, stimulating and challenging play experiences that meet children’s ongoing developmental needs. Early Childhood Playgrounds provides a step-by-step guide to planning, designing and creating an outdoor learning environment for young children. Written by an experienced practitioner that has consulted on over 2000 early childhood settings and schools internationally, this book considers all aspects of the outdoor learning environment and provides practical support on:

  • planning procedures and ideas for designs
  • a wide variety of play within a playground through the inclusion of quiet, open and active play areas
  • stimulating and challenging play
  • a natural environment that will provide interest and sustainability
  • spaces for toddlers and babies
  • playground needs for children with additional needs

This book will be fascinating reading for those studying early childhood and practitioners looking into the ways and means of setting up, improving or expanding their outdoor play facilities. It is also geared towards other disciplines, making it an essential guide for architects and planning professionals wanting to gain a greater understanding of play and the vital role it takes in meeting children’s needs and development.

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Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $58.95

The natural environment and its almost daunting size touches something deep within the children and — surprisingly — the large space brings them closer together. This book provides a comprehensive guide to Natural Water School provision by exploring its special pedagogy, the organisation and management of the Water School session and discussing the learning environment and its implications for children’s wellbeing and development. It clearly explains the key principles of this recently developed, contemporary approach and sets out a framework for setting up and leading a Natural Water School programme. The book shows how the aims and outcomes of early years education, including the Early Years Foundation Stage can all be achieved within the Natural Water School environment and is supported by examples and case studies throughout. Full of practical suggestions and activities, it includes:

  • Activity ideas covering topics such as wildlife, sensory activities, crafts, social development, physical play and construction in different seasons
  • Unique teaching tools to observe and develop the children
  • Ideas for working with children of different ages and learning styles
  • Detailed guidance on health and safety including risk assessments

Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children. Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall, $34.95

From essential bushcraft basics and Stone Age skills to joyful outdoor play, Forest School Adventure is packed with ideas to bring your little ones closer to nature and all its magical offerings. Learn how to:

  • light a fire without matches
  • build a shelter to sleep in
  • cook on a fire
  • hunt for bugs and much more

Young children will be immersed in imaginative, messy play and crafts, while older ones can work on more complex activities like stone tool making and sourcing water. Whether in an organized setting, a group of friends or a family outing, the fun-filled games will build confidence, bonding and result in happy children. Entertaining anecdotes from the authors' own experience of surviving in the wild can be read aloud to children, bringing to life the thrilling reality of sleeping in a cave or savoring your first-ever foraged meal.


Forest School and Autism: a Practical Guide. Michael James, $37.95

Forest School's innovative outdoor approach offers specific benefits to learners with autism, including increased social skills, raised self-esteem and improved sensory function. This guide raises autism awareness amongst practitioners by providing practical and easy-to-follow advice for adapting Forest School activities for those with autism.

For those coming from a mainstream Forest School background, the author offers an introduction to autism and shows what Forest School can offer people with autism — both children and adults — with first-person accounts that highlight its success with this group. The guide gives advice on the social and sensory benefits, offers practical advice on safety and on how to set up a Forest School and finally presents specific activities to be incorporated into practitioners' routines.

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The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

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 Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

To nurture ecological identity in young children, we invite them into relationship with the world beyond walls and with the creatures that live there. We invite them into ethical thinking anchored by the compassion that comes from caring and engaged relationships. We invite them to come home to the Earth, and to live honorably in that home. Join author Ann Pelo on her year-long journey as she nurtures the ecological identity of a toddler and discovers for herself what it means to live in relationship with the natural world.


The Great Outdoors: Advocating for Natural Spaces for Young Children, Revised Edition. Mary Rivkin, Deborah Schein, $35.50

New delights and opportunities for learning await each time children venture outdoors. 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. The Great Outdoors will enable you take up the challenge to advocate for enticing outdoor spaces for children.

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The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World. Julia Plevin, $22.99

An engaging guide to the art of forest bathing, inspired by the Japanese practice of shinrin-yoku, for anyone who wants to explore the transformative power of nature in promoting health and happiness.

Forest bathing is the art of spending intentional time in nature and is practiced throughout the world to increase health and restore well-being. More and more people are turning to forest bathing as an evidence-based way to unplug, relieve stress and anxiety, and spark creativity. Through simple invitations to slow down, walk in silence, cultivate tree energy, and connect with the sun and forest, this book enables you to incorporate the inspiring benefits of time spent in nature — calm mind, renewed energy, boosted creativity, and inner peace — into your daily life to find deeper meaning and contentment.


Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature: Using Nature's Wisdom to Bring More Joy and Effectiveness to Our Work with Children. Nancy Rosenow, $14.95

Nancy Rosenow believes that the natural world can provide strength and inspiration for our personal journeys — adult and child alike. This book offers a way of supporting children that comes from a place of love for each other and a place of awe and appreciation for the wonders of the world around us.


The Hidden Life of Trees: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things. Peter Wohlleben, $21.95

Are trees social beings? In this international bestseller, forester and author Peter Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that, yes, the forest is a social network. He draws on groundbreaking scientific discoveries to describe how trees are like human families: tree parents live together with their children, communicate with them, support them as they grow, share nutrients with those who are sick or struggling, and even warn each other of impending dangers. Wohlleben also shares his deep love of woods and forests, explaining the amazing processes of life, death, and regeneration he has observed in his woodland.

The first book in The Mysteries of Nature trilogy, The Hidden Life of Trees takes the reader on a walk in the forest unlike any other. After learning about the complex life of trees, a walk in the woods will never be the same again.

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How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature. Marc Hamer, $29.95

Kneeling in a muddy field, clutching something soft and blue-black, Marc Hamer vows he will stop trapping moles — forever. In this earnest, understated, and sublime work of nonfiction literature, the molecatcher shares what led him to this strange career: from sleeping among hedges as a homeless teen, to toiling on the railway, to weeding windswept gardens in Wales.

Hamer infuses his wanderings with radiant poetry and stark, simple observations on nature’s oft-ignored details. He also reveals how to catch a mole — a craft long kept secret by its masters — and burrows into the unusual lives of his muses. Moles, we learn, are colorblind. Their blood holds unusual amounts of carbon dioxide. Their vast tunnel networks are intricate and deceptive. And, like Hamer, they work alone.


How to Grow a School Garden: a Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Kathleen Pringle, $37.95

Reclaiming a piece of neglected play yard and transforming it into an ecologically rich school garden is among the most beneficial activities that parents, teachers and children can undertake together. This book provides all the tools that the school community needs to build a productive and engaging school garden that will continue to inspire and nurture students and families for years to come.

It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.


How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

American children spend four to seven minutes a day playing outdoors — 90 percent less time than their parents did. Yet recent research indicates that experiences in nature are essential for healthy growth. Regular exposure to nature can help relieve stress, depression, and attention deficits. It can reduce bullying, combat illness, and boost academic scores. Most critical of all, abundant time in nature seems to yield long-term benefits in kids’ cognitive, emotional, and social development. Yet teachers, parents, and other caregivers lack a basic understanding of how to engender a meaningful, lasting connection between children and the natural world. 

How to Raise a Wild Child offers a timely and engaging antidote, showing how kids’ connection to nature changes as they mature. Distilling the latest research in multiple disciplines, Sampson reveals how adults can help kids fall in love with nature — enlisting technology as an ally, taking advantage of urban nature, and instilling a sense of place along the way.

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The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion — Surprising Observations of a Hidden World. Peter Wohlleben, $29.95

Through vivid stories of devoted pigs, two-timing magpies, and scheming roosters, The Inner Life of Animals weaves the latest scientific research into how animals interact with the world with Peter Wohlleben's personal experiences in forests and fields. Horses feel shame, deer grieve, and goats discipline their kids. Ravens call their friends by name, rats regret bad choices, and butterflies choose the very best places for their children to grow up.

In this, the second book in the Mysteries of Nature trilogy, Peter Wohlleben follows the hugely successful The Hidden Life of Trees with insightful stories into the emotions, feelings, and intelligence of animals around us. Animals are different from us in ways that amaze us—and they are also much closer to us than we ever would have thought.


Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $25.95

As children’s connections to nature diminish and the social, psychological, and spiritual implications become apparent, new research shows that nature can offer powerful therapy for such maladies as depression, obesity, and attention deficit disorder. In Last Child in the Woods, Louv talks with parents, children, teachers, scientists, religious leaders, child-development researchers, and environmentalists who recognize the threat and offer solutions. Louv shows us an alternative future, one in which parents help their kids experience the natural world more deeply — and find the joy of family connectedness in the process.


Learning the Land: Creative Community Engagements for Artists, Educators, and Communities. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, $35.00

Learning the Land: Creative Community Engagements for Artists, Educators, and Communities explores the innovative work conducted by 4elements Living Arts over the last decade and a half in a work that will prove invaluable to lands-based arts organizations working in both urban and rural settings.

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Learning with Nature: Embedding Outdoor Practice. Claire Warden, $59.95

Learning outside the classroom is a key part of early years and primary practice and is on the rise in settings across the world. This book centres on outstanding outdoor practice and how children can learn and develop in natural environments. Focussing on children aged from 2-11 this book contains:

  • A self-evaluation toolkit for educators to reflect on what they’re doing now and where to develop to be more effective
  • Examples of practice from around the world and in various environments, including urban settings
  • An entire chapter on assessment and planning to help ensure and demonstrate quality of provision

Looking at all the possibilities and approaches, there are models for practice to suit every setting so that everyone can make outdoor learning part of the core teaching and learning objectives.


Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00

This inspiring guide to helping kids enjoy nature and appreciate the great outdoors is drawn from the author’s experiences as an educator, guide, writer, and father. Focusing on fun, Hoffmeister offers a simple, practical introduction to hiking, camping, and all-around exploring that will help parents feel empowered and capable. Whether you’re a veteran outdoors person, a first-time hiker, or anything in between, get ready to put your sneakers on, turn off the video games, and rediscover the simple, overpowering joy of going out to play.


Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside: Creative Ways to Help Children Discover Nature and Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Fiona Bird, $27.95

In an era when the iPad is often more appealing than the park, it can be difficult to encourage kids to get off the couch and go outside. In this inspirational book, with ideas for children of all ages, foraging expert Fiona Bird shows the value of playing outside and discovering nature for children and families alike.

The outside adventure begins In the Woods, where children are encouraged to make a nature mobile, decorate pooh sticks, and make a wild kite. In Meadows and Hedgerows, ideas include designing a wild garland and making potpourri. Onward to Seashores, Rivers, and Ponds, where children can have fun with seaweed, from building a seawood oven to making seaweed bath parcels — and they can hone their survival skills by learning to make a beach net and collecting shellfish.

For those who don’t want to move far from home, there’s plenty to do in the Backyard Station, such as making a sundial, building a wormery, and attracting birds with a home-made bird table. Finally, in My Wild Kitchen, develop your child’s hunting and gathering skills with seasonal recipes made from natural ingredients, such as seaweed popcorn, bramble and poppyseed muffins, and snow-ice-cream.

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Let’s Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95

Let’s Go Outside offers a range of activities perfect for fun in the city, the country and everything in between. Get outside and run, jump, play, explore, dance, hike or camp with your pre-teen and engage your child in outdoor activities and projects that will get the whole family closer to nature.


Messy Maths: a Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years. Juliet Robertson, $34.95

Juliet Robertson offers a rich resource of ideas that will inspire you to tap into the endless supply of patterns, textures, colours and quantities of the outdoors and deepen children’s understanding of maths through hands-on experience. In the classroom environment, maths can seem disconnected from everyday reality — but real maths is really messy. Lots of outdoor play and engaging activity along the way is a must, as being outside enables connections to be made between the hands, heart and head, and lays the foundations for more complex work as children grow, develop and learn.

Messy Maths re-imagines the outdoor space through a mathematical lens — providing a treasure trove of suggestions that will empower you to blend outdoor learning into your teaching practice. Topics covered include: general advice; exploring numbers; number functions and fractions; money; measurement; time; pattern; shape and symmetry; position, direction and movement; data handling; routines; and the mathematical garden.

Messy Maths is suitable for early years educators (of ages 3–6) who want to shake up their usual classroom practice and make the most of any outdoor space — whether this be a nursery, playgroup, child-minder’s back garden or a nature kindergarten — as a context for maths.


Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children. Lisa Gardner Walsh, $21.95

No child can walk through a puddle of mud without a gigantic smile, and while the stuff might be the spring-time bane of grownups, children just love mud. Muddy Boots targets kids and families who value outdoor exploration and grandparents who long for their grandchildren to have the same unfettered time in nature as they did. The book features a wide range of hands-on activities for kids, including mud play, forts, animal tracking and forest wisdom, foraging, insects and worms, bird watching and bird feeding, and many small things for kids to make. Although not primarily about mud, the activities do encourage all hands to get dirty as they explore the world around them.

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Natural Curiosity: the Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry, 2nd Edition. Doug Anderson, Julie Comay & Lorriane Chiarotto, $50.00

The second edition of Natural Curiosity supports a stronger basic awareness of Indigenous perspectives and their importance to environmental education. The driving motivation for a second edition was the burning need, in the wake of strong and unequivocal recommendations by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to situate Indigenous perspectives into the heart of Canadian educational settings and curricula, most notably in connection with environmental issues. The Indigenous lens in this edition represents a cross-cultural encounter supporting what can become an ongoing dialogue and evolution of practice in environmental inquiry. Some important questions are raised that challenge us to think in very different ways about things as fundamental as the meaning of knowledge.

French Edition now available:

Curiosité naturelle, 2e édition: Ressource pour l’enseignante ou l’enseignant: L’importance du point de vue autochtone dans l’enquête dans l’environnement de l’enfant. Doug Anderson, Julie Comay & Lorriane Chiarotto, $50.00


The Nature Connection: an Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. Clare Walker Leslie, $25.95

This interactive workbook, packed with creative, year-round nature activities guides kids to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and touch outdoors, whether they live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. It offers dozens of fun things to do in every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record daily sunrise and sunset times for a month; draw a local map and mark the locations of trees, rocks, animals; keep a moon journal; learn about the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify. Rediscover the world outside with The Nature Connection!


Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $68.50

Nature Education with Young Children is a thoughtful, sophisticated teacher resource that blends theory and practice on nature education, children's inquiry-based learning, and reflective teaching. The book’s guiding conceptual framework is founded upon the integration of four key ideas for effective and transformative nature education. Implementing nature study is one critical way that educators can integrate more science learning across the ECE curriculum and do so in an active, discovery-based manner. Nature Education with Young Children strives for an American version of what the Reggio Emilia educators do so well: creating a seamless integration of science concepts into the daily intellectual investigations that occur in classrooms everywhere.

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Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: the Handbook for Outdoor Learning. David Sobel, $56.95

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens is the latest from environmental education expert David Sobel. Joined by a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program, Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America.

Going well beyond a history lesson, these experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment. This helpful guide provides the curriculum ideas and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children. It also gives you the nuts and bolts of running a successful nature preschool business:

  • Potential obstacles and concerns
  • Staff and curriculum design
  • Best practices for success
  • Site and facility assessment
  • Business planning and how to successfully market your program

Nature Sparks: Connecting Children's Learning to the Natural World. Aerial Cross, $39.95

Extend your classroom outdoors and you will quickly see how nature enhances the learning process in all academic areas, for all children. NATURE SPARKS helps children explore, respect and connect with the natural world.


Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 3rd Edition. Ruth Wilson, $46.50

Now in its third edition, Nature and Young Children promotes the holistic development of children by connecting them with nature. It offers practical advice on how to set up indoor and outdoor nature play spaces as well as encouraging environmentally responsible attitudes, values and behaviour in your early childhood setting. With fully revised chapters in line with recent developments to policy and practice, and brand new material covering Early Childhood Education for Sustainability, the power of pro-nature poetry and philosophical discussions, and children living in urban environments, this book reveals just how important nature play can be in the development of young children.

The user-friendly chapters offer guidance on:

  • alternative settings for nature-focused programs
  • culturally sensitive approaches to nature play in early childhood
  • the role of the adult in nature-based learning
  • using nature play for cross-curricular learning
  • environmentally appropriate practices
  • ntegrating nature education and peace education
  • health, safety, and risky play

Highly accessible, detailed and now extensively updated, Nature and Young Children will provide all early years practitioners, teachers and students with a wealth of ideas on how to foster creative play and learning in nature-focused environments while also encouraging positive connections with nature.

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Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

This wonderful book leads parents, teachers and children through fields, across streams, and over mountains. From making a dam with sticks and stones to cairn lanterns on the beach at night, Nature’s Playground is packed with activities, games, crafts and adventures that will bring children outdoors for year-round fun and bring back memories of one of the chief joys of childhood for adults — exploring the natural world.


Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, Any Budget. Julie Powers & Sheila Williams Ridge, $49.95

Increase opportunities for nature-based education in any early childhood program, regardless of climate, region, budget, or experience. Nature-Based Learning for Young Children 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.


Nature-Based Therapy: a Practitioner's Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families. Nevin Harper, Kathryn Rose & David Segal, $24.99

The number of children, youth, and families seeking help for a wide range of mental health concerns is growing at an alarming rate, and many struggle to thrive despite well-intentioned interventions from skilled helpers. Unplugging from technology and reconnecting with the web of life is a powerful antidote to the highly technological and fast-paced realities of so many. Nature-Based Therapy addresses this underlying disconnection between humans and their ecological home, exploring theories and therapeutic practices undertaken with children, youth, and families, including:

  • Developing sensory awareness of outer and inner landscapes
  • Navigating risk in play
  • Case examples with a diverse range of settings, intentions, and interventions

Nature-Based Therapy is for counselors, therapists, youth and social workers, educators, and parents working in educational and therapeutic settings who want to take their practice beyond the office walls and into the powerful terrain of the wild, partnering with nature as a co-facilitator to create lasting change.

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101 Outdoor Activities for Children. Fiona Bird, $19.95

In an era when the iPad is often more appealing than the park, it can be difficult to encourage kids to get off the couch and spend time outside. In this inspirational book, with ideas for children of all ages, there are over 100 imaginative ways for children to keep busy and have fun outdoors.

They can enjoy outdoor crafts such as making leaf art bunting, a dream catcher, or their own toy raft, or get physical and burn off some energy with beach hopscotch, animal tracking, and developing their hunting and gathering skills. Or perhaps they would like to relax and enjoy some star-gazing or pond-dipping instead. There are fun activities to help kids get up close and personal with nature by making a wormery and a bug attractor, doing some investigative ant experiments, and putting on their own gastropod race! The book includes handy reference pics to help children identify plants, flowers, and wildlife, so as well as enjoying the great outdoors, they learn to understand and appreciate their surroundings too.


Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs. Richard Louv, $37.95

Richard Louv’s landmark book, Last Child in the Woods, inspired an international movement to connect children and nature. Now Louv redefines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores these powerful and mysterious bonds and how they can transform our mental, physical, and spiritual lives, serve as an antidote to the growing epidemic of human loneliness, and help us tap into the empathy required to preserve life on Earth. Louv interviews researchers, theologians, wildlife experts, indigenous healers, psychologists, and others to show how people are communicating with animals in ancient and new ways; how dogs can teach children ethical behavior; how animal-assisted therapy may yet transform the mental health field; and what role the human-animal relationship plays in our spiritual health. He reports on wildlife relocation and on how the growing populations of wild species in urban areas are blurring the lines between domestic and wild animals.

Our Wild Calling makes the case for protecting, promoting, and creating a sustainable and shared habitat for all creatures — not out of fear, but out of love. Transformative and inspiring, this book points us toward what we all long for in the age of technology: real connection.

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The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7: A Month-by-Month Guide to Forest School Provision, 2nd Edition. Karen Constable, $48.95

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7 offers guidance on how the outdoors can be used to teach and challenge children across a range of settings by drawing on forest school practice. Following a month-by-month format, it explores theme-related play experiences, planning, evaluations of how the ideas described were carried out and what impact they had on children's learning and development.

This fully updated second edition includes:

  • over 150 new full-colour photographs to illustrate practice
  • activities and objectives for both early years and KS1, including links to indoor play
  • discussion and support for those working with children with special educational needs
  • detailed information on the role of the adult and of the environment
  • sections covering health and safety guidelines and specific risk assessment in all chapters

Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education. Beverlie Dietze & Diane Kashin, $95.00

Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education is timely because of the new national and international research that reinforces the importance of outdoor play in the lives of children–for their health, wellness, dispositions, and connectedness to their childhood space and place. Outdoor play is so important to children’s daily living that we have written this book to present the core concepts about outdoor play that will support teachers in collectively examining outdoor play within their environments and beyond.

The text is rooted in the work of well-known theorists who have made invaluable contributions to early childhood education and who advocated for children to have access to play and learning outdoors. The text situates the discussion on the benefits of outdoor play and the breadth and depth of learning that occurs during outdoor play in a Canadian and local context.


Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder. Rusty Keeler, $25.95

Recent research has drawn the link between children’s brain development and time spent in the natural environment. Every child deserves a safe play to play, supportive adults to watch him grow, and an environment that offers her endless possibilities. In Seasons of Play, Rusty Keeler takes readers on a photographic journey through real child care centers that have embraced his philosophy that natural play environments create new opportunities for children to explore and grow.

Seasons of Play promotes play among natural elements. Using the author’s own photos, the book illustrates how to design natural play environments that encourage exploration and creativity in all seasons of the year. Keeler’s own drawings complement the photos with renderings of how the play spaces were designed. Interviews with center directors add a personal touch to how the spaces improve learning at the centers.

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The Secret Wisdom of Nature: What They Feel, How They Communicate — Discoveries from A Secret World. Peter Wohlleben, $29.95

The final book in The Mysteries of Nature trilogy by the New York Times bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben.

Nature is full of surprises: deciduous trees affect the rotation of the Earth, cranes sabotage the production of Iberian ham, and coniferous forests can make it rain. But what are the processes that drive these incredible phenomena? And why do they matter?

In The Secret Wisdom of Nature, master storyteller and international sensation Peter Wohlleben takes readers on a thought-provoking exploration of the vast natural systems that make life on Earth possible. In this tour of an almost unfathomable world, Wohlleben describes the fascinating interplay between animals and plants and answers such questions as: How do they influence each other? Do life forms communicate across species boundaries? And what happens when this finely tuned system gets out of sync? By introducing us to the latest scientific discoveries and recounting his own insights from decades of observing nature, one of the world’s most famous foresters shows us how to recapture our sense of awe so we can see the world around us with completely new eyes.


Sharing Nature® with Children: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Joseph Cornell, $22.95

Sharing Nature with Children, selling more than half a million copies, sparked a worldwide revolution in nature education. Now that classic has been rewritten, with newly added activities and games, and combined with Sharing Nature with Children Volume 2 in one complete volume. Fans of the original nature awareness classic will love this new version, which incorporates the author's latest insights. This phenomenal teaching tool, with its highly effective nature activities, will thrill new readers.


Taking the First Steps Outside: Under Threes Learning and Developing in the Natural Environment. Helen Bilton, Gabriella Bento & Gisela Dias, $61.95

Can one be too young to play outside? This unique and compelling book charts the experiences of a group of under-three-year-olds as they explore their natural outdoor environment, followed by caring and attentive adults. It deconstructs the myths that underestimate under threes and celebrates the importance of connecting children with the natural world and the influence of positive relationships in this early stage of life.

Taking the First Steps Outside draws on all aspects of working outdoors, focusing on different steps of the project, main achievements and obstacles, implemented strategies and benefits for the development of young children. Written to support all students, teachers, practitioners and managers working with under threes, this essential guide will help you to develop your knowledge, build confidence and gain the ability to co-explore outdoors with children.

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There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: a Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids. Linda Åkeson McGurk, $23.00

When Swedish-born Linda McGurk moved to small-town Indiana with her American husband to start a family, she quickly realized that her outdoorsy ways were not the norm. In Sweden children play outside all year round, regardless of the weather, and letting young babies nap outside in freezing temperatures is not only common — it is a practice recommended by physicians. In the US, on the other hand, she found that the playgrounds, which she had expected to find teeming with children, were mostly deserted. In preschool, children were getting drilled to learn academic skills, while their Scandinavian counterparts were climbing trees, catching frogs, and learning how to compost. Worse, she realized that giving her daughters the same freedom to play outside that she had enjoyed as a child in Sweden could quickly lead to a visit by Child Protective Services.

The brewing culture clash finally came to a head when McGurk was fined for letting her children play in a local creek, setting off an online firestorm when she expressed her anger and confusion on her blog. The rules and parenting philosophies of her native country and her adopted homeland were worlds apart.

Struggling to fit in and to decide what was best for her children, McGurk turned to her own childhood for answers. Could the Scandinavian philosophy of “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes” be the key to better lives for her American children? And how would her children’s relationships with nature change by introducing them to Scandinavian concepts like friluftsliv (“open-air living”) and hygge (the coziness and the simple pleasures of home)? McGurk embarked on a six-month-long journey to Sweden to find out. There’s No Such Thing as Bad Weather is a fascinating personal narrative that highlights the importance of spending time outdoors, and illustrates how the Scandinavian culture could hold the key to raising healthier, resilient, and confident children in America.


To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $30.95

Discover how nature study can help students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process. From setting a tone of inquiry-based thinking in the classroom to suggesting specific units of study for reading, writing, and science, this book will guide you step by step through the basics of integrating the skills acquired during nature study into every subject. You will also discover all the ways that this purposeful work nurtures "green" citizens who become determined to respect and protect the natural environment.


Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

From Richard Louv, the bestselling author who defined the term “nature-deficit disorder,” Vitamin N (for “nature”) is a complete prescription for connecting with the power and joy of the natural world right now, Vitamin N is a practical guidebook for the whole family, offering parents eager to share nature with their kids tips, activities, and ideas for young and old alike.

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Complete Booklist

The Art of Land-based Early Learning: Volume 1, The Emergence of Natural Materials and Ecological Connections. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, Editors, $35.00

The Art of Land-based Early Learning: Volume 2, The Emergence of the Artist, Artwork, and Community Connections. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, Editors, $35.00

Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children. Angela Hanscom, $24.95

Beautiful Stuff from Nature: More Learning with Found Materials. Edited by Cathy Weisman Topal and Leila Gandini, $51.95

The Big Book of Nature Activities. Drew Monkman & Jacob Rodenburg, $39.95

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants. Robin Wall Kimmerer, $26.95

Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Karen Constable, $41.90

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. David Sobel, $26.95

Coyote's Guide to Connecting With Nature, 2nd Edition. Jon Young, Ellen Haas & Evan McGown, $49.95

Curiosité naturelle, 2e édition: Ressource pour l’enseignante ou l’enseignant: L’importance du point de vue autochtone dans l’enquête dans l’environnement de l’enfant. Doug Anderson, Julie Comay & Lorriane Chiarotto, $50.00

David Hawkins and the Pond Study — Includes Book Two. David & Frances Hawkins & the Mountain View Center for Environmental Education, Elizabeth Kellogg, $28.95

Deep Nature Play: a Guide to Wholeness, Aliveness, Creativity, and Inspired Learning. Joseph Bharat Cornell, $21.95

Dirty Teaching: a Beginner's Guide to Learning Outdoors. Juliet Robertson, $32.95

Discovering Nature with Young Children. Ingrid Chalufour & Karen Worth, $36.95

Down to the River and Up to the Trees: Discover the Magic of Forest Therapy and Many More Natural Wonders. Sue Belfrage, $15.99

Early Childhood Playgrounds: Planning an Outside Learning Environment. Prue Walsh, $69.50

Educating Young Children through Natural Water: How to Use Coastlines, Rivers and Lakes to Promote Learning and Development. Judit Horvath, $58.95

Forest School Adventure: Outdoor Skills and Play for Children. Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall, $34.95

Forest School and Autism: a Practical Guide. Michael James, $37.95

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The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places. Gary Nabhan & Stephen Trimble, $26.95

The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children. Ann Pelo, $39.95

The Great Outdoors: Advocating for Natural Spaces for Young Children, Revised Edition. Mary Rivkin, Deborah Schein, $35.50

The Healing Magic of Forest Bathing: Finding Calm, Creativity, and Connection in the Natural World. Julia Plevin, $22.99

Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature: Using Nature's Wisdom to Bring More Joy and Effectiveness to Our Work with Children. Nancy Rosenow, $14.95

The Hidden Life of Trees: Trees, Animals, and the Extraordinary Balance of All Living Things. Peter Wohlleben, $21.95

How to Catch a Mole: Wisdom from a Life Lived in Nature. Marc Hamer, $29.95

How to Grow a School Garden: a Complete Guide for Parents and Teachers. Arden Bucklin-Sporer & Rachel Kathleen Pringle, $37.95

How to Raise a Wild Child: the Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature. Scott Sampson, $22.95

The Inner Life of Animals: Love, Grief, and Compassion — Surprising Observations of a Hidden World. Peter Wohlleben, $29.95

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Richard Louv, $25.95

Learning the Land: Creative Community Engagements for Artists, Educators, and Communities. Sophie Anne Edwards & Heather Thoma, $35.00

Learning with Nature: Embedding Outdoor Practice. Claire Warden, $59.95

Let Them Be Eaten By Bears: a Fearless Guide to Taking Our Kids Into the Great Outdoors. Peter Brown Hoffmeister, $17.00

Let Your Kids Go Wild Outside: Creative Ways to Help Children Discover Nature and Enjoy the Great Outdoors. Fiona Bird, $27.95

Let’s Go Outside! Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani, $17.95

Messy Maths: a Playful, Outdoor Approach for Early Years. Juliet Robertson, $34.95

Muddy Boots: Outdoor Activities for Children. Lisa Gardner Walsh, $21.95

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Natural Curiosity: the Importance of Indigenous Perspectives in Children's Environmental Inquiry, 2nd Edition. Doug Anderson, Julie Comay & Lorriane Chiarotto, $50.00

The Nature Connection: an Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. Clare Walker Leslie, $25.95

Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice. Daniel Meier & Stephanie Sisk-Hilton, Editors, $68.50

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: the Handbook for Outdoor Learning. David Sobel, $56.95

Nature Sparks: Connecting Children's Learning to the Natural World. Aerial Cross, $39.95

Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 3rd Edition. Ruth Wilson, $46.50

Nature’s Playground: Activities, Crafts and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoors. Fiona Danks & Jo Schofeld, $21.95

Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, Any Budget. Julie Powers & Sheila Williams Ridge, $49.95

Nature-Based Therapy: a Practitioner's Guide to Working Outdoors with Children, Youth, and Families. Nevin Harper, Kathryn Rose & David Segal, $24.99

101 Outdoor Activities for Children. Fiona Bird, $19.95

Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives — and Save Theirs. Richard Louv, $37.95

The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3-7: A Month-by-Month Guide to Forest School Provision, 2nd Edition. Karen Constable, $48.95

Outdoor and Nature Play in Early Childhood Education. Beverlie Dietze & Diane Kashin, $95.00

Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder. Rusty Keeler, $25.95

The Secret Wisdom of Nature: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from A Secret World. Peter Wohlleben, $29.95

Sharing Nature® with Children: Nature Awareness Activities for All Ages. Joseph Cornell, $22.95

Taking the First Steps Outside: Under Threes Learning and Developing in the Natural Environment. Helen Bilton, Gabriella Bento & Gisela Dias, $61.95

There's No Such Thing as Bad Weather: a Scandinavian Mom's Secrets for Raising Healthy, Resilient, and Confident Kids. Linda Åkeson McGurk, $23.00

To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $30.95

Vitamin N: 500 Ways to Enrich the Health & Happiness of Your Family and Community. Richard Louv, $23.95

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