articles and resources
We have put together a list of resources covering the main topics that Wild Things engage with: children and the natural world, protection of natural environment, environmental participation and a lot more.
The collected resources include articles (some written by members of Wild Things), books, publications and websites.
We are hoping that they will be able to answer some of the questions you might have regarding these topics or help you further your thinking about them.
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS
- WT-PlayDoD2003.pdf (article from the journal Do or Die from 2003)
- Wild Articles.pdf (written pieces from some past training courses)
- Play-naturally.pdf (a review of children’s natural play by Play England)
- No Fear.pdf (report by Tim Gill on the effects of societies’ fears on modern childhood)
- Nothing-Ventured.pdf (balancing risks and benefits in the outdoors, by Tim Gill)
- More of Tim Gill’s articles and studies can be found on: https://rethinkingchildhood.com/writing/
- Cycle of participation.pdf (from Ethnic Environmental Participation by the Black Environment Network)
- More articles by Black Environment Network can be found on: http://www.ben-network.org.uk/resources/publs.asp
- The Geography of Childhood, why children need wild places. By Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen Trimble. (ISBN 0-8070-8525-1)
How children interact with their environment by two parent naturalists, including a good chapter on gender and the environment.
- Earth Education … A New Beginning. By Steve Van Matre. (ISBN 0-917011-02-3)
A DIY guide to designing ecological adventures. If you can get past the strange gnomes, the brass tacks of this book is still the best guide to designing environmental education programmes.
- The Ecology of the Imagination in Childhood. By Edith Cobb. (ISBN 0-88214-360-3)
“Since the imagination arises from the child’s contact with nature, each child is a born ecologist. Thus save the children, to save the imagination, to save the Planet.” This book looks at the symbiosis between the natural environment and the development of the whole person.”
- Children and Nature: Psychological, Sociocultural and Evolutionary Investigations. By Peter Kahn. (ISBN 978-0262611756)
Some scientific investigations into the links between children and nature.
- Forest School for All. Edited by Sara Knight. (ISBN 978-0-85702-072-7)
Looks at Forest School for older children and children with additional needs.
- Wild Child. By Patrick Barkham. (ISBN 978-1-78378-191-1)
A personal look at the importance of the child’s relationship with nature.
- The Memory We Could Be – Overcoming Fear to Create Our Ecological Future. By Daniel Macmillian Voskoboynik. (ISBN 978-0-86571-899-9)
Attempts to move beyond the sterile, technical language that has pervaded discussions around climate change and ecology. It seeks to counter the bureaucratic prose of our conversations, to humanise the abstraction of global warming and bring different voices into the conversation.
- http://www.earthed.org.uk/ – home of Earth Education in the UK.
- https://www.forestschoolassociation.org/ – Forest School online community
- http://www.ben-network.org.uk/ – looking at getting people from all backgrounds involved with the natural world
- https://www.radicalroutes.org.uk/ – a network of housing and workers’ coops working for radical social change