Resources for Outdoor Learning
Current Research Articles
• "Getting Dirty is Good for your Immune System" – David Suzuki
• "Health Benefits of Playing Outdoors" – National Wildlife Federation
- This website has links to scientific studies that discuss the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!
• "Why Our Kids Need Play Now More Than Ever" – Sarah Goodyear
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
Wilderness First Aid Basics
A Guide for Preparation, Basic First Aid and Survival
Early Childhood Education
A Child’s Work – The Importance of Fantasy Play
by Vivian Gussin Paley ©2004
by David Sobel ©2004
Authentic Childhood: Experiencing Reggio Emilia in the Classroom
by Susan Fraser © 2011
Outdoor Programs in the Lower Main Land
Alderwood House Preschool
An outdoor-based preschool in Richmond, BC.
Foragers School of Nature
Helps kids develop skills and provides challenges and adventures for young learners in Squamish, BC.
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.
Maple Ridge Environmental School
Public school without walls in Maple Ridge, BC.
Soaring Eagle Nature School
Vancouver-based program for children aged 5 and up based on the techniques of coyote mentoring.
Vancouver Forest Nursery
A Parent group in Vancouver, BC that explores local gardens, parks, and beaches with very young children.
Windsor House School
A democratic, parent participation school based in North Vancouver, BC.
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.
Gloves and Rainsuits
• Check out Saplings's new Outdoor Store!
Mittens and Hand Warmers
Woolly-Based Layers for Children
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.