Supporting Parent Engagement in Children's Learning Outdoors
A Single Case Study by Vicki Bohling, MEd, Cindy Saarela, MEd, and Dana Miller, PhD
This study explored parents' understanding and support of their children's learning outdoors through parent-documented observations that took place in one Nature Explore classroom at Forest Lake Family Center, Forest Lake, Minnesota, and in home-based settings. The research also examined ways program components (curriculum, environment, relationships with staff) supported parents' understanding of their children's learning outdoors. Read this study to discover ideas for positive family experiences in nature, and to gain more understanding of the benefits of spending time outdoors, and the skill development that takes place for children in nature. Includes photographs and supplemental resources.