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Nature

This book is full of step by step projects for the garden using freshly cut wood.  It has over fifteen projects for the outdoors, and includes advice on certain techniques pertaining to green wood.

The buzz of bees in summertime. The tracks of a bird in the winter snow. This beautiful book captures all the sights and sounds of a child’s interactions with nature, from planting acorns or biting into crisp apples to studying tide pools or lying back and watching the birds overhead. No matter what’s outside their windows — city streets or country meadows — kids will be inspired to explore the world around them. Illustrated by Mark Hearld. 

“With vision, commitment, and some good hard work, educators and families around the globe are ripping up pavement, sowing seeds, and growing garden classrooms because they believe children need to be engaged by hands-on learning in a context that matters to them. In Teaching in Nature’s Classroom: Principles of Garden-Based Education, Nathan Larson shares a philosophy of teaching in the garden. Rooted in years of experience and supported by research, he presents fifteen guiding principles of garden-based education. These principles and best practices are illustrated through engaging stories from the field.” Download a free e-book or order a paperback copy here.

Science plus gardening gives us the “Life Lab”, where students can observe with their own eyes the concepts they learn in science class.  In this book, Roberta and Gary have provided more than 150 field-tested, garden based activities that will get students outside observing our world’s natural rhythms while potentially sparking a scientific interest in them that will never leave.  There are so many life-lessons to be learned from gardening, and this book will give teachers creative ideas on how to get their students interested in gardening, ecology, biology, and even nutrition.