The links below help illuminate the philosophy and theories behind our Nature Immersion philosophy.
- The Movement to Restore Children's Play from the New York Time
- Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills by Alix Spiegel on NPR
- Outdoor preschool takes root on Vashon Island by Susan Gilmore for The Seattle Times
This website has links to scientific studies that prove the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!
Resources for green living and how to have conservation in your home or when doing home projects.
This powerful interview by a neuroscientist attests to the underrated educational value of play for young children. Combining unstructured play with a natural outdoor setting turns out to be excellent preparation for later academics. German researchers have found that children who attend a Forest Kindergarten actually perform better on standardized tests when they enter public school than their peers who were pushed into learning numbers and letters at the preschool stage.
The Last Child in the Woods
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2005
Vitamin N: The Essential Guide to a Nature-Rich Life
by Richard Louv, ©2016
Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children
by The Council For Environmental Education, ©2009
A Child’s Work – the importance of fantasy play
by Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago Press, ©2004
by David Sobel, The Orion Society, ©2004
Braiding Sweet Grass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer, ©2013
Ancestral skills resources:
I recommend the Swedish Mora knife for children. With finger guard and smaller handle. You can keep it sharp with regular kitchen knife sharpener. Amazon sells it here.
Books on whittling:
Rageweed forge. Find the website here.
Help to teach about the moon cycles:
Kids Moon from Wilder Child. Helps you have nature-connected parenting. Sign up is done once a year in December.