Outdoor play is more important than ever as devices and electronic learning takes over our children’s lives.
We’ve put together a resource of links from our valuable partners and fellow nature education advocates to help encourage outdoor learning through play and exploration.
This will be a fluid list that we will add to as we come across more resources. Please let us know if you have beneficial online nature resources for our followers.
Nature education is so much more than learning about the outside world:
- It’s about finding direction and better knowing ourselves through our connection with an expanded worldview.
- It’s about feeling our place in the world and having instant access to peace and mindfulness.
- It’s about calming our over-taxed nervous systems and lowering our fight or flight response.
- It’s about improving our physical health through movement, fresh air, and sunlight.
Check out these useful resources and make a goal to spend time outside daily, knowing it will bring value each and every day:
2 – 10 Books to Get Kids Excited About Nature from BackCountry
3 – Online Camping Programs from the American Camping Association
4 – 10 Nature Activities from Children & Nature Network
5 – Simple Science Cloud Lesson from Miss Angela
6 – National Parks Virtual Tours from Google
7 – 100 Nature Activities from Outdoor Families Magazine
8 – Virtual Turtle Tour from Lake Erie Nature & Science Center
9 – Salamander Search from Camp Joy
10 – Outdoor Activities for Kids Who Live in the City from Run Wild My Child
11 – Track your hours spent in nature and aim for 1000 this year! Tracking sheet from 1000HoursOutside
12 – Virtual Safari Tours from Wild Earth Kids
13 – Cleveland Metroparks Virtual Classroom
16 – Graphic from Get The Kids Outside:
Let us know what you think of your favorite links!
Please forward any additional resources that would help facilitate outdoor learning to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for helping to keep nature in our kids’ lives! #kidsneednature