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Kindergarten in the Great Outdoors

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Improved cognitive functioning ... has been associated with nature-based learning for years.
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‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs

‘Dirt Is Good’: Why Kids Need Exposure To Germs | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
“It turned out that most of the exposures were actually beneficial,” Gilbert says. “So that dirty pacifier that fell on the floor — if you just stick it in your mouth and lick it, and then pop it back in little Tommy’s mouth, it’s actually going to stimulate their immune system. Their immune system’s going to become stronger because of it.”
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This outdoor preschool in the Negev is shaking up Israeli education - MITZPE RAMON Israel — It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in...

This outdoor preschool in the Negev is shaking up Israeli education - MITZPE RAMON Israel — It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in... | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
MITZPE RAMON, Israel — It sounds like a Jewish mother’s nightmare: a preschool class held outdoors in the desert. But parents in this remote Israeli town drop off their children at Gan Keshet every weekday during the school year, setting them free to cook on a campfire, whittle sticks with switchblades and search for scorpions. Class goes on rain (rare) or shine (intense). “The kids meet real life when they come here,” said Ron Meltzer, the school’s soft-spoken principal and visionary
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Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools

Running Free in Germany’s Outdoor Preschools | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Without toys and largely unsupervised, children climb and cook and howl like wolves in the wilderness.
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Tyla Russek's comment, March 18, 7:07 PM
In this article, the kids in Germany at the Robin Hood kindergarden spend their time largely unsupervised in the forest. The only things they bring with them are knives to play with. The teacher believes that it is far more important for the kids to experience nature, and learn about nature while out in the wilderness than just having knowledge of nature from books.
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Why does Forest School mean visiting the same land many times? - Child and Nature Alliance of Canada

Why does Forest School mean visiting the same land many times? - Child and Nature Alliance of Canada | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
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City of Denver shifting toward natural playgrounds

City of Denver shifting toward natural playgrounds | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
“Studies show that when kids go to a traditional playground, they get bored quickly, whereas with nature play done well, kids stay longer and come back more frequently,” said Gordon Robertson, director of park planning for Denver Parks and Recreation.
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At 'Nature Preschools,' Classes Are Outdoors

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Nature-based pre-primary programs are growing like weeds in forests and meadows around the country.
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Reciting Poetry on the Trail - Backpacker

Reciting Poetry on the Trail - Backpacker | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Such poetry, spoken in the firelight and woven with the rippling river and yips of coyotes, felt primal and ancient. We’d tapped into that timeworn, disused tradition of oral storytelling surrounded by the stars and scrublands. We were hooked. And over time, the poetry spread out from the fireside to the trail itself, a way to pass the time in motion.
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What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods

What You Can Learn From A Preschool That Lives In The Woods | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Lia Grippo, Director of the Wild Roots Forest School, created a curriculum that embraces the outdoors while instilling attentiveness and patience.
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The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health

The Japanese practice of ‘forest bathing’ is scientifically proven to improve your health | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
City dwellers can benefit from the effects of trees with just a visit to the park. Brief exposure to greenery in urban environments can relieve stress levels, and experts have recommended “doses of nature” as part of treatment of attention disorders in children. What all of this evidence suggests is we don’t seem to need a lot of exposure to gain from nature—but regular contact appears to improve our immune system function and our wellbeing.
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Mr Allan's curator insight, June 6, 2017 8:46 AM

Isn't it remarkable that scientific evidence of health benefits are required to justify a walk in the forest with students. Thankfully this kind of research is being conducted, as our societies become ever more disconnected from the natural world. It reminds me of the timeless question asked to city kids, "Where does milk come from?" Answer is either Carton or Cow. The premise of the research is intrinsically correct, enjoying nature, immersing in it can make you feel better.

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A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award

A More Accurate World Map Wins Prestigious Japanese Design Award | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it

Using a map and compass are key elements of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award - BC & Yukon Division #AdventurousJourney. 


Teaching youth how to read and understand maps broadens their perspectives and helps them develop greater spatial awareness. Check out our Courses for 2017 to find a trip that meets your needs. Have a great day!

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How Nature Makes Kids Smarter

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A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.
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Why Our First Outdoor Experiences Are More Important Than We Think

Why Our First Outdoor Experiences Are More Important Than We Think | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Specifically, the data showed that if American youth are given opportunities to have meaningful outdoor experiences, they will be more likely to value nature, engage with it, and feel empowered to do something about it.
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It’s official: muddy kids learn best | Patrick Barkham

It’s official: muddy kids learn best | Patrick Barkham | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Outdoor learning for children might be breaking into the mainstream – and having seen the benefits first-hand, I’m thrilled, writes Guardian columnist Patrick Barkham
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Take infants to the wilderness, couple says. Here’s why

Take infants to the wilderness, couple says.  Here’s why | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Maura and Bobby Marko are the type of parents who can make you think you raised your kids wrong. Or maybe you didn't make many concessions in your life when kids came along and maybe you didn't listen to the people who told you that you couldn't do things because you have kids now, and maybe you, too, did the things with your kids the Marko family does.
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Flow Learning in a Forest Kindergarten | Natural Start

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Education and environment: Calgary's nature kindergarten gets kids playing and learning outside

Education and environment: Calgary's nature kindergarten gets kids playing and learning outside | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Common Digs runs Calgary's nature kindergarten program. Where kids spend most of their day outside, learning, playing and exploring.
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Outdoor Play May Foster Little Environmentalists

Adults who grew up amid natural world are more concerned about the planet, research shows
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The Power of Experiential Learning

Why is this model of immersive, experiential, student-driven, and project-based education important, across grades, from preschool through college? Most of today's students will end up in jobs that haven't yet been invented. They can be empowered to learn to invent, question, adapt, create, and collaborate with gritty resilience. Students engaged through experience become inspired, self-motivated, and resourceful as they learn to drive their own learning. It may start with blocks, but it lasts a lifetime.
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Mr Allan's curator insight, June 6, 2017 8:33 AM

Experiential Learning Theory is one part of the pedagogy framework that informs the Tallebudgera Learning Cycle (TLC), also included is Vygotsky’s Social Constructivist Learning Theory and the Zone of Proximal Development and the philosophy of Joseph Campbell’s 1949 book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces. The TLC is used by The Tallebudgera Beach School a government Outdoor Education Centre (OEC) in Queenland, Australia.

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Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why Kids Should Play Outdoors in Winter

Bundle Up and Get Outside: Why Kids Should Play Outdoors in Winter | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
As long as children are bundled up properly with coats, scarves, and mittens, there's no reason they shouldn't play outside in the cold winter weather.
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‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’

‘Lets face it, keeping children sedentary for most of their waking hours is causing harm’ | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
Children are spending less time outdoors than ever before, and this is changing the development of their muscles and senses. They are becoming a generation of “unsafe” children — reports of clumsiness and falls are on the rise in schools. As adults, at least we have a choice if we’d like to take a movement break. Children don’t always have that luxury.
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Kindergarten in the Great Outdoors

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We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education

We need fewer exams and more wilderness in education | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
The wilderness rescued me. I have been shaped by my experiences in the great outdoors. Feeling comfortable in the wild gave me the confidence to be who I am, not who others want me to be. There is a natural simplicity to nature; it is far more tactile and tangible than the classroom. It’s a leveller; it strengthened my character and set me back on track.
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From the inner city to Patagonia: Street2Peak takes B.C. youth on a new epic trip

From the inner city to Patagonia: Street2Peak takes B.C. youth on a new epic trip | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
The 10th annual Strachan Hartley Foundation Legacy Run on Sunday raises funds to take the Lower Mainland's inner city-youth to the mountains of Patagonia.
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Avalanche educators grapple with social media’s influence on backcountry travelers’ decision making

Avalanche educators grapple with social media’s influence on backcountry travelers’ decision making | OE3 - Outdoor, Experiential, and Ecological Education | Scoop.it
In the U.S. about 27 people die in avalanches each year. Colorado is by far the deadliest state, with 62 avalanche deaths recorded from 2005 to 2015. And among the 270 Colorado deaths since 1950, t…
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