Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 3rd Edition

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Based on almost three decades of work in early childhood environmental education, the third edition of Ruth Wilson’s book provides a highly accessible overview of the philosophy, research, and best practices in nature-based play and learning. If your program’s goal is to promote the healthy development of young children along with an ethic of caring for the environment, there are few other resources that present the why, what, and how in a better researched and better written way.

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This book by Ruth Wilson, updated for its 3rd edition with the newest research, best practices, and policy, is a fantastic resource for anyone looking to enhance nature experiences for early childhood. It goes over many facets of early childhood nature-based play and learning, including cultural awareness, safe play, urban environments, peace education integrations with nature education, and so much more.