By Eric Nelson, Director of the Outdoor Classroom Project
About the Book:
There are many ways outdoor spaces can be transformed into fully functioning classrooms where children explore, experiment, and spend quality time in nature. Filled with both simple and large-scale ideas, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms provides support as you design and implement outdoor learning environments. A Child Development Professional specializing in building and playground design and renovation, author Eric Nelson promotes the idea that everything done indoors can be done just as well—if not better—outdoors. Chapters examine the role of the Outdoor Classroom, working with children outdoors, getting support from stakeholders, getting started, evaluating the outdoor environment, program and implementation strategies, and more.
Loaded with colorful photographs of creative and practical outdoor spaces, Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms inspires the transformation of outdoor spaces in any climate into safe and effective learning environments. Age Focus: 0-8. Softbound.
About Eric Nelson:
Eric Nelson co-founded the Child Educational Center, Caltech/JPL Community near Pasadena, CA, in 1979. As the Director of Consulting and Educational Services, he manages the Outdoor Classroom Project. An adjunct professor since 1977, Eric developed a course on Outdoor Classrooms, which evolved into a series of Outdoor Classroom specialist trainings. He presents on a broad range of topics related to Outdoor Classrooms and consults on the design of play yards. Eric’s understanding of the value of the outdoors is grounded in a lifetime of hiking his beloved Sierra Nevada Mountains in California since he was a young child.
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