Why nature-based learning?
At Field and Forest Education, we believe time spent moving, discovering, building, helping, and imagining outdoors is essential to healthy child development and that all children deserve fresh air, natural light, and hands-on experiences with plants, animals and seasonal change. In addition, research shows us that play and learning in nature increases: sensory awareness, motor skills and physical activity, concentration, cognitive abilities, social skills, self-regulation, a child's sense of wonder and awe, all while reducing stress and anxiety.
Our programs are designed with intention to encourage physical, cognitive, and social-emotional growth while fostering curiosity, empathy, and an appreciation for all life. At Field and Forest Education, we aim to serve as "guides on the side", providing children with the time, questions, and space they need to do the important work of play, learning, and connecting with Nature.
To learn more about the Nature-based School movement, read:
The Perks of a Play-in-the-Mud Educational Philosophy, from The Atlantic, April 2018