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Resources for Outdoor Learning

Current research articles

– Sarah Goodyear

– A great and simple resource for Children to give them some info on how to stay safe at home!

Recommended Reading

The Last Child in the Woods

by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill ©2005
 

Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children

by The Council For Environmental Education ©2009


Your Big Backyard

Children’s nature magazine published by the National Wildlife Federation


Nature Kindergartens and Forest School

by Claire Warden ©2012

 

Potential of a Puddle

by Clare Warden © 2012

 

Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way

by Erin K. Kenny © 2013

 

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature

by Jon Young, Ellen Haas, & Evan McGown © 2010

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Early Childhood Education

A Child’s Work – The Importance of Fantasy Play
by Vivian Gussin Paley ©2004

 

Place-Based Education
by David Sobel ©2004


Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom
by Susan Fraser © 2011     

Outdoor Programs in the Lower Mainland

Fireside Adventures
An outdoor-based adventure program for children youth and adults

Fresh Air Learning
A forest school for children aged 3-6, operating in the forests and urban farms of Vancouver and North Vancouver, BC.
Offers weekend forest school teacher courses.

Soaring Eagle Nature School
Vancouver-based program for children aged 5 and up based on the techniques of coyote mentoring.

Gear

Good children’s gear can be hard to find.  At Saplings Outdoor Program we use Oakiwear gloves, rain jackets, and pants, mimiTENS mittens, KidORCA, MyMayu, Bogs, or Kamik boots, and Merino Wool and Hand Warmers from Hands on Heat, to keep our bodies warm. 

Mittens and Hand Warmers

Boots

Woolly-Based Layers for Children

Simply Merino – Merino Wool Base Layers

Wee Woolies  – Merino Wool Base Layers 

If you need some more ideas or want to know more about the best gear out there for yourself and your children check out the links below: 

GearWeAre - Detailed reviews of outdoor gears.

Runnerclick - Reviews, tips, and news for running.