Childhood and Nature: Design Principlesfor Educators by David Sobel In Childhood and Nature, noted educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities.
Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities (Nature Literacy) by David Sobel Through academic research, practical examples, and step-by-step strategies drawn from classrooms throughout the United States, Sobel celebrates teachers who emphasize the connection of school, community, and environment. Place-Based Education uses the local community and environment as the starting place for curriculum learning, strengthening community bonds, appreciation for the natural world, and a commitment to citizen engagement.
How to Grow a School Garden: A Complete Guide for Parents & Teachers by Arden Bucklin-Sporer In this groundbreaking resource, two school garden pioneers offer parents, teachers, and school administrators everything they need to know to build school gardens and to develop the programs that support them. It's all here: developing the concept, planning, fund-raising, organizing, designing the space, preparing the site, working with parents and schools, teaching in the garden, planting, harvesting, and even cooking, with kid-friendly recipes and year-round activities. Packed with strategies, to-do lists, sample letters, detailed lesson plans, and tricks of the trade from decades of experience developing school garden programs for grades K–8, this hands-on approach will make school garden projects accessible, inexpensive, and sustainable.
Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Bharat Cornell This classic guide by one of the most respected names in outdoor education just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and an updated edition offers even more ways for children of all ages to connect with the outdoors.
A Pedagogy of Place: Outdoor Education for a Changing World by Brian Wattchow & Mike Brown This book looks at the historic theories and philosophies behind outdoor education and suggests culturally sensitive ways to improve upon past methods.
Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education by David Sobel Part of Orion Magazine’s Nature Literacy Series, this book offers practical tips and activities for adults to help children build their relationship with nature.
A People’s Curriculum for the Earth: Teaching Climate Change and the Environmental Crisis by Bill Bigelow This collection of readings, activities, and articles from Rethinking Schools magazine is meant to help guide discussions and activities related to environmental issues, specifically climate change.
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv Richard Louv, co-founder of the Children & Nature Network, coined the term “nature deficit disorder” to describe the lack of connection between modern children and the natural world. Here, he explores just why that connection is so important. Once you’ve read Last Child, we’d also suggest you follow up with two of his other books: Vitamin N: The Essential Guideto a Nature-Rich Life, and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder.