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Sky Above and the Mud Below: Lessons from Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

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David Sobel tackles tough questions to help your nature-based program succeed.

David Sobel’s follow-up to Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks readers through the nitty-gritty facts of running a nature-based program. Organized around nine themes, each chapter begins with an overview from the author, followed by case studies from diverse early childhood programs, ranging from those that serve at-risk children to public preschools to university farm programs to Waldorf schools.

Sample newsletters in each chapter show how real programs have tackled tough questions and sticky situations. The program featured in these newsletters are from across the United States: Maryland, New York, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Alabama, Connecticut, Illinois, Vermont, California, Michigan, Rhode Island, Louisiana, and Indiana.

272 pages.

Make the case for outdoor learning in today's digitized world


In Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens environmental education expert David Sobel is joined by a variety of colleagues to walk readers through the European roots of nature-based programs to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America.

This book will inspire readers with

  • examples from successful outdoor programs
  • the strengths of a variety of nature-based approaches
  • the organizing principles of curriculum and best practices to create engaging outdoor experiences
  • tools for policy development, site assessment, selection, and risk management

  • Whether starting a new nature-based program or "naturalizing" an existing classroom Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens provide the mentorship and guidance to become a leader in nature-based education.

    260 pages

     

    Author: David Sobel