Books for Nature-based Educators (with Amazon links)

This is by no means a complete list but can serve as a starting point for professional development for nature-based educators.

Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation, Sharon Gamson Danks

Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice,Karen Constable

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators, David Sobel 

Cultivating Joy & Wonder: Educating for Sustainability in Early Childhood Through Nature, Food, & Community, Shelburne Farms (Download here)

Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments, Eric M. Nelson

Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool,Rachel A. Larimore

A Forest Days Handbook: Program Design for School Days Outside’, Eliza Minnucci, David Sobel & Megan Teachout

Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way, Erin Kenny

Forest Schools and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years, 2ndEd, Sara Knight

Four Seasons at a Nature Based

The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children, Ann Pelo

The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children’s Right to Play Outdoors Revised Edition, Mary Rivkin

Hands-On Nature: Information and Activities for Exploring the Environment with Children, Jennipher Lingelbach & Lisa Purcell

Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, Richard Louv

Learning with Nature—Embedding Outdoor Practice, Claire Warden

Lens on Outdoor Learning, Wendy Banning & Ginny Sullivan

Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, Lisa Daly

Natural Playscapes, Rusty Keeler 

Naturally Developing Young

Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any BudgetJulie Powers & Sheila Williams Ridge

Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, Ruth Wilson  

Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools: An Exploration of Naturalistic Learning Within Nature Kindergartens and Forest SchoolsClaire Warden

Nature Play and Learning Places, Robin Moore (Download here)

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor LearningDavid Sobel

The Nature Principle, Richard Louv

Natures’ Playground: Activities, Crafts, and Games to Encourage Children to Get Outdoorsby Fiona Danks & Jo Scofield

Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children’s Outdoor Environments, Robin Moore

The Play For All Guidelines:Planning, Design, and Management of Outdoor Play Settings For All Children, Robin Moore, Editor

Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based LearningRachel A. Larimore

Risk and Adventure in Early Years Outdoor Play,Sara Knight

Small Wonders: Nature Education for Young Children, Linda Garrett, Hannah Thomas, & Hilary Elmer