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Preschool Beyond Walls
Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning

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Preschool Beyond Walls
Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning



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Children are spending less time being outside in nature, playing, imagining, and learning about their surroundings. Instead, they’re spending more time with tablets, televisions, and overly structured routines. Preschool Beyond Walls shows practical and strategic ways educators can create rich, explorative, and interdisciplinary learning through extensive outdoor experiences.

Learn how to develop and implement a nature-based curriculum to support children’s optimal learning, from start to finish. Whether you’re creating a new curriculum or transitioning from a traditional approach, you will learn how to: 

  • Create a program philosophy
  • Infuse nature into all aspects of your program
  • Prepare teachers for a nature-centered approach
  • Implement curriculum and pedagogy that emphasize inquiry-based learning through play and hands-on discovery
  • Maintain high-quality early childhood practices that support children’s development 
Rachel A. Larimore

Rachel worked for 15 years as director of education at the Chippewa Nature Center in Midland, Michigan. Not only does she write and speak extensively on connecting children to nature...

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“Rachel Larimore’s newest book, Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning is a beautiful and essential guide to successfully becoming a nature-based preschool. The photos and examples throughout the book bring the rich value of nature-based learning to life for the reader. Rachel thoughtfully includes philosophy and pedagogy as well as concerns that practitioners often struggle with around health and safety and curriculum. Through her Frequently Asked Questions and Reflections on Practice sections at the end of each chapter, Rachel supports the continued development of early childhood professionals and helps prepare them for success indoors, outdoors, and beyond.”

Sheila Williams Ridge
founding staff member of the Dodge Nature Preschool and co-author of Nature-Based Learning for Young Children: Anytime, Anywhere, on Any Budget