Resources

There are plenty of great resources to learn from! We are carefully compiling information to highlight some of the best examples of nature-based programs and policies we can find. Explore these resources and keep checking back for more great content. (P.S. Reach out if you'd like to share your resources!)

10 Reasons Kids Need Outdoor Learning!


Legislation
Washington State passed a bill to run a four-year pilot program that examines if WA state will ultimately license Outdoor Preschools. Learn about the bill and the read bill as enacted. You can do something like this in your state, too, especially with the help of other advocates in your ERAFANS state chapter.

Inspiration for Public and Traditional School Programs

7 Ways Nature-Based Learning Takes Root in Existing Nature-Based Preschools, a great resource for existing programs
Out of the Classroom and Into the Woods, an NPR interview with Eliza Minnucci from the Ottauquechee School in Vermont about forest immersion programs in public schools

Best Day Ever, a video that highlights outdoor learning in Vermont public schools.

UK Forest School Principles, a blog post that highlights how to incorporate them into your curriculum. 

Sample Parent/Guardian Handbooks
Parent Handbook: Lime Hollow Forest SchoolCortland, NY

Family Handbook: Little Leaf
Andrus-on-Hudson, NY

Family Handbook: Pathways to Nature Preschool
Boston, MA

Parent Handbook: NatureYear at Common GroundNew Haven, CT

Parent & Guardian Handbook: The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center, Owings Mills, MD

Parent Handbook: North Branch Nature Center Forest PreschoolMontpelier, VT

Enrollment Information
Parent waiver from Lime Hollow Forest School, Cortland, NY

Sliding Scale Financial Aid Form from Pathways to Nature Preschool, Boston, MA

Essential Gear and Supplies
Gear Guide, NatureYear at Common Ground, New Haven, CT

Safety Practices and Risk Management
Safety and Risk Assessment, NatureYear at Common Ground, New Haven, CT

Hiking, Fire, and Water Safety, NatureYear at Common Ground, New Haven, CT

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