208 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations
Learning with Nature is full of fun activities and games to get your children outdoors, to explore, have fun, make things and learn about nature and help them grow up happy and healthy. Suitable for groups of children aged between 3 and 16, the graded activities help children develop:
- Key practical and social skills
- Awareness of their place in the world
- Respect for the natural world all while enjoying the great outdoors.
Written by experienced Forest School practitioners, using tried and tested games and activities, it provides comprehensive information for enriching childrens' learning through nature. The games and activities are clearly categorized, with step-by-step instructions, age guide, a list of resources needed, and invisible learning points. Learning with Nature is a unique must-have resource for families, schools, youth groups and anyone working with children.
"Whether you are a parent or educator, Learning with Nature is full of ideas for fun in the great outdoors. It caters for children and young people of all ages and abilities – and comes with clear instructions and illustrations. So grab a copy, get your boots on, fill your backpack and head to your nearest wild (or not so wild) space for some playful adventures."
- Tim Gill, Author of No Fear: Growing Up In A Risk Averse Society
Foreword by Chris Packham
Looking after nature
- Plants and trees
- Animals and birds
- Sensory awareness
- Team building
- Tool safety
- Wild facts
- Teas through the seasons
- Foraging wild plants
- Fire safety
- Wild food
Afterword by Jon Cree
Resources and bibliography
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Marina Robb is founder and Managing Director of Circle of Life Rediscovery CIC, a leading outdoor learning organisation. A qualified teacher who has specialised in environmental education, Marina's approach brings together best practice from environmental education, Forest School, eco-psychology, and indigenous wisdom. She draws upon many years of working with young people of all ages and backgrounds to create unique and fun learning experiences.
Victoria Mew has followed her love of nature and curiosity in indigenous cultures since she was 12 years old She trained with Wilderness Awareness School, WA, USA, before gaining a BscHons in Human Sciences at UCL. She has since founded 'Cultivating Curiosity', an organization that works with people of all ages outdoors facilitating deep nature connection. She is also a qualified forest school practitioner.
Anna Richardson is teacher of foraging workshops, and works with children of all ages. Over the last 20 years, Anna's interest in plants and traditional skills has developed through training, teaching and practising bush craft. Passionate about new and indigenous ways to educate, Anna co-creates local community projects that enable people to share and learn together to reconnect with nature.