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The Great Outdoors: Advocating for Natural Spaces for Young Children (Rev. ed.)

Mary S. Rivkin, With Deborah Schein
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New delights and opportunities for learning await each time children venture outdoors. This updated and expanded edition of The Great Outdoors will inspire teachers to make it possible for children to spend more time outdoors, have safe environments, and be free to learn through exploration.

Each chapter ends with action items to improve children’s access to safe, clean, and interesting places in your community and is packed with resource ideas for further exploration. The Great Outdoors will enable you take up the challenge to advocate for enticing outdoor spaces for children.

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"With The Great Outdoors, Mary Rivkin offers one of the clearest, most practical, most concise, and usable guides. We need this book, and others like it to come."

— Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder

"This updated and expanded edition . . . [makes] the case for spending more time outdoors, creating safe environments, and using exploration in nature for physical, educational and spiritual enrichment. Armed with the research, Rivkin, along with colleague Deborah Schein, offer an inspiring set of practical applications . . . to advocate for outdoor play and children’s well-being."

— Green Teacher magazine