IMG_0117Cedarsong Nature School’s Forest Kindergarten has received national and international attention for its unique early childhood education model and has been featured in such diverse media as Sierra Club Magazine, People Magazine , ABC News Nightline, the Associated Press and England’s UK Daybreak. Additionally, our Forest Kindergarten program has been featured locally on Evening Magazine, The Seattle Times, and NPR’s KUOW .

Click this link for a great article which reports evidence about how playing in the dirt could make you smarter.

Additional website resource links regarding the benefits to children from nature immersion:

Children & Nature Network (C&NN)
Recent research shows that children who spend significant time immersed in unstructured play in nature are more relaxed, better at problem-solving and critical thinking, more focused, and exhibit more cooperative behavior and team work.

Benefits – National Wildlife Federation
This website has links to scientific studies that prove the many benefits of spending time in nature, including better eyesight and better standardized test scores!

Transcript | Learning, Doing, Being: A New Science of Education from American Public Radio
This powerful interview by a neuroscientist attests to the underrated educational value of play for young children. Combining unstructured play with a natural outdoor setting turns out to be excellent preparation for later academics. German researchers have found that children who attend a Forest Kindergarten actually perform better on standardized tests when they enter public school than their peers who were pushed into learning numbers and letters at the preschool stage.


Recommended Reference MaterialIMG_0201

The Last Child in the Woods
by Richard Louv, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, ©2005

Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way
by Erin K. Kenny, Cedarsong Nature School, ©2013

Growing Up Wild – Exploring Nature with Young Children
by The Council For Environmental Education, ©2009

Your Big Backyard
Children’s nature magazine published by the National Wildlife Federation

A Child’s Work – the importance of fantasy play
by Vivian Gussin Paley, University of Chicago Press, ©2004

Place-Based Education
by David Sobel, The Orion Society, ©2004

Keepers of the Earth – Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children and Keepers of the Animals – Native American Stories and Wildlife Activities
by Caduto and Bruchac, Fulcrum Publishing, ©1997

Project Learning Tree – Environmental Education Activity Guide, PreK-8, American Forest Foundation, ©1994

The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun – Activities for Kids with Sensory Processing Disorder, by Kranowitz, Penguin Group, ©2003

1001 Great Ideas for Teaching and Raising Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, by Notbohm and Zysk, Future Horizons, ©2004

A Naturalist’s Journal
by Erin Kenny, KotaPress, ©2003
Currently Out of Print/Pre-orders for the next edition are being taken now

Discovering Wild Plants:
Alaska, Western Canada, the Northwest
by Janice Schofield, Alaska Northwest Books, ©1989

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast:
Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska
by Pojar and MacKinnon, B.C. Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Publishing, ©1994