organizations of Interest
Forest school canada
An initiative of the Child & Nature Alliance of Canada, Forest School Canada "provides early childhood educators as well as primary educators with professional learning opportunities that are evidence-based, practical, and inspiring". Forest School Canada makes available a wide range of resources while furthering the forest school movement across the country.
New Brunswick Environmental Network
NBEN Earth Ed: Your gateway to sustainability adventures in the classroom and beyond. This database is a valuable tool to assist teachers and other educators in locating New Brunswick-relevant Green Guests and Eco-Excursions.
Great Minds Think Outside: PD sessions for teachers interested in teaching outside or incorporating nature into their teaching methods.
NatureKids NB is a club for youth ages 6-12 who want to discover all of the amazing plants and animals that NB has to offer. If you love going outdoors to play and explore nature, NatureKids NB is for you! NatureKids club you will have fun doing lots of outdoor activities and going on exciting field trips.
a bounty of research
The case for increasing nature experiences is strong and growing every day as new information emerges. Studies show that there are many benefits to playing and learning outdoors, both for physical and mental health. Below are some useful resources for learning more about nature play.
forest school/Outdoor Learning Articles
- Richard Louv: Let Them Climb Trees - The Guardian (2010)
- Leave No Child Inside - Richard Louv, Orion Magazine
- How to Protect Kids from Nature-Deficit Disorder - Greater Good, Berkley Ed. (2016)
- Outdoor learning: Education’s next revolution? - Salon Online (2014)
- Forest Schools: When Every Day is a Field Trip Day - Today's Parent (2016)
Tír na nÓg Forest School (3 NB locations)
This wonderful video highlights the beautiful spaces that house the Tír na nÓg Forest Schools in NB and speaks to the need for these kinds of programs.