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With this fun and practical guide to outdoor play, be inspired to unplug and spark a nature connection vital for children's healthy growth and development. Children and families are plugged into electronics and often disconnected from direct experiences in nature. This beautifully photographed, highly visual resource offers tangible approaches to nature-based learning and play for children. Parents and teachers discover the benefits of outdoor learning and simple ways to facilitate unplugged nature connection in every season. Inspired by nature preschools, forest kindergartens, and forest school models the world over, this guide includes "Voices from the Field" with advice from experienced nature-based educators, too. This insightful guide balances nature play experiences with hands-on projects using natural materials and is an ideal jumping off point for immersive nature play.

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Monica Wiedel-Lubinski

From mud paint to deer tracks, Wiedel-Lubinski has pursued her love of nature-based education for over twenty years. As founder/cofounder of three Maryland nature preschool programs and a consultant to countless others, she is an experienced advocate for nature-based education. Wiedel-Lubinski is the founding director of the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools, which provides nature-based professional development for teachers and childcare providers across the East coast (ERAFANS.org) . She is a frequent contributor to written publications including books, blogs, magazines, and journals. She recently published a chapter for STEM In Early Childhood Education: How Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Strengthen Learning with emphasis on the role of outdoor learning (Cohen and Stupiansky, 2019) . She is delighted to share Nature Play Workshop for Families: A Guide to 40 Outdoor Learning Experiences in All Seasons, co-authored by Karen Madigan (Quarto Publishers: 2020) . Monica earned a Bachelor's degree in Art Education and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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