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Resources for Outdoor Learning

Current research articles

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

Wilderness First Aid Basics

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     


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


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.

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