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Children in Wild Nature

A practical guide to nature-based practice

There is a growing realisation that children benefit by being involved in 'wild' spaces. They need dynamic and complex outdoor environments and opportunities for risk and challenge, to play with abandon, to have first-hand experiences - places where there is adventure, delight, laughter, daring and joy.

Children in Wild Nature:

  • provides a background to bush, forest and beach schools
  • outlines the challenges and benefits
  • explores the concept of nature-based practice
  • emphasises the importance of free play
  • includes a selection of case studies in which educators share their journeys into 'wild nature'
  • provides a starting point for giving nature-based practice a go.It assists educators to unpack their legislative requirements so they can meet all health and safety requirements while carefully weighing the risks and benefits.

It takes richly resourced, vibrant environments for learners to be all they can possibly be, and this has everything to do with connection to the natural world. It is a complex interplay between people, places and things that nurture children's capacity to learn. Teachers and educators who understand the way children are drawn into learning through dispositions such as curiosity, persisting with things that interest them and then, with effort and practice, build their knowledge and skills, and realise the emotional nature of learning.

Ages: 2-6 | Pages: 100 | Code: TS0105 | ISBN: 9781925145014

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Niki Buchan

Niki Buchan is CEO and owner of Natural Learning Educational Consultancy. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Australia and is now based in Scotland. She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author having been invited to work in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, China, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. She has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma.

Niki trusts children as being capable and competent, respects their ability to know what they need for their development including assessing and taking risks. She has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 40 years. She believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them.


Foreword iv
1.\tBackground to wild nature experiences1
2.\t Considerations for nature-based practice4
3.\t Journeys into nature-based practice9
4.\t Advocating for nature-based practice23
5.\t Challenges of exploring ‘beyond the fence’33
6.\t Nature-based practice50
7.\t Natural creativity75
8.\t Giving nature-based practice a go87
9.\tReferences and further reading97