Often called “nature” or “forest” schools in the US, the early childhood outdoor education style was inspired by European nature kindergartens where biology and ecology are at the heart of the programme and are studied in an immersive environment.
Nature-based learning is a classroom that isn’t contained within four walls, a place where learning begins as soon as the child’s boots hit the mud. It is a style of learning which swaps the hard desks and blackboards for fynbos and forests, for the bush and beaches.
Learning happens not through rote memorisation, but through unstructured free play, where children are left to explore the outdoors with minimal adult guidance.
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