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        Resources and Links

A Parents' Guide to Nature Play

Nature Play:  Nurturing Children and Strengthening Conservation
        through Connections to the Land

25 Easy Nature Play Ideas for Early Childhood Centers

Nurturing Nature Play:  Ten Tips for Parents

Green Hearts' Design Principles for Nature Play Spaces

But...but...but...Isn't It Dangerous? -- Risk and Reward in Nature Play

Cultivating a Sense of Place in Children

Reinforcing the Thin Green Line -- Are New Approaches to Nature
        Play Forging Powerful Bonds with Nature?

Respite in Shades of Green -- Nature May Be the Ultimate Therapist's

Nature Play as an Everyday Joy of Childhood?  For Kids, Frequency
        Requires Proximity

Early Childhood Resources for Nature Play

Podcasts:  Green Hearts' Ken Finch chats about nature play
        1.  4C of Southern Indiana -- "The Voice of Quality Child Care" --
                     42 minutes
        2.  The Wilderness Center, OH -- "Wild Ideas" -- 25 minutes
                     (Note:  nature play begins at 9 minutes, 50 seconds
                     into the program; use progress bar to skip forward)

Green Hearts' Annotated Bibliography for Nature Play

Green Hearts' Favorite Nature Play Quotes

Nature Play Factoids

Green Hearts Newsletters
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Green Hearts Essays

"The Interpreter" article about nature preschools, by Ken Finch

Children and Nature Network  (This website, affiliated with
     author Richard Louv, has the best and broadest information
     about the "Leave No Child Inside" movement and the

     research behind it.  Highly recommended.)

National Wildlife Federation's "Be Out There" campaign  (Good
     information, tips, and blogs on this site)

Natural Learning Initiative  (Based at North Carolina State
     University, this initiative features exceptional expertise in the
     design of naturalistic play areas.  It is led by noted landscape
     architect Robin Moore.)

Children, Youth, and Environments  (Based at the University 

     of Colorado - Denver, this initiative publishes a fine journal

     and sponsors an interesting list serve.)

Landscape and Human Health Laboratory at the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
(great research

     information on the values of green space)


EarthPlay (Rusty Keeler, principal; landscape design for

     naturalistic playgrounds)

Association of Nature Center Administrators  (ANCA is an
     extraordinary resource for nature center leaders.)

The Big Muddy Workshop, Inc.  (Big Muddy Workshop is an  
     Omaha-based landscape architecture firm that specializes in
     naturalistic design and natural areas. 

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