As educators , you are uniquely positioned to help children achieve improved health outcomes by teaching them about the health benefits of being physically active outdoors. At NaturePHL we partner with schools, teachers, and educational organizations to work together to improve children's health through outdoor physical activity.
The Cornell Lab has created an adaptable activity book designed to be used by families, school groups, and anyone looking for a fun way to connect to nature. This guide is available for download in both English and Spanish.
Mass Audubon has created a bank of resources for teachers including lesson plans, professional development trainings, and workshops.
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. They provide toolkits for educators that include activity guides, lesson plans, and other materials.
Outdoor Classroom Day has created a bank of lesson plans that encourage educators to take their students outdoors to learn a variety of subjects for a variety of ages.
Our Tree Named Named Steve by Alan Zweibel
The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry
The Wump World Bill Peet
Fishing in the Air by Sharon Creech and Chris Raschka
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Butterfly Park by Elly McKay
Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd
A Walk in the Forest by Maria Dek
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Vitamin N by Richard Louv
The Nature Fix by Florence Williams
Forest Bathing by Dr. Qing Li
The Biophilia Effect by Clemens G Arvay
Check out these books at the Free Library of Philadelphia
This PDF published by Care Inspectorate provides educators with information on the planning and implementation of outdoor childcare.
This guide to early childhood environmental education provides educators with a basis in the relationship between childhood development and appropriate environmental educational activities and pedagogical tools.
This PDF discusses the theory behind the benefits of learning in and from the outdoors.
This webinar provides users with sequential modules available 24 hours a day to learn more about the benefits of outdoor play.