Resources

Outdoor & Environmental Education Booklist

Coyote's Guide to Connecting with Nature by Jon Young

The Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education by David Sobel

Sharing Nature with Children: The Classic Parents' & Teachers' Nature Awareness Guidebook (Paperback)
by Joseph Bharat Cornell

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs: Use Outdoor Clues to Find Your Way, Predict the Weather, Locate Water, Track Animals—and Other Forgotten Skills (Paperback) by Tristan Gooley 

Kids Yoga Books

Playful Family Yoga by Teressa Asencia

Fly Like A Butterfly by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

A Child’s Garden of Yoga by Baba Hari Dass

Yoga For Children by Mary Stewart and Kathy Phillips

Like A Fish In Water by Isabelle Koch

I Can’t Believe It’s Yoga for Kids by Lisa Trivell and Peter Field Peck

Children’s Book of Yoga: Games & Exercises Mimic Plants & Animals & Objects by Thia Luby

Yoga for the Special Child by Sonia Sumar

Yoga for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders by Dion E. Betts and Stacey W Betts

Rainbow Kids Yoga 515

Further Information

Baby Om  by Laura Staton

Yoga for Kids by Liz Lark

A Yoga Parade of Animals by Pauline Mainland

Yoga Fitness for Kids Ages 7-12 by Kalish

Yoga Games for Children by Danielle Bersma

Playful Family Yoga by Teressa Asenica

KISS Guide to Yoga by Shakta Kaur Khalsa

Children’s Meditation Books

Sensational Meditation for Children by Sarah Wood Vallely

Teaching Meditation to Children by David Fontana and Ingrid Slack

Moonbeam: A Book of Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth

Star-bright Meditations for Children by Maureen Garth

Relax Kids: The Wishing Star by Marneta Viegas

Baby Buddhas: A Guide for Teaching Meditation to Children by Lisa Desmond

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee Maclean

Just Because I Am: A Child’s Book of Affirmation by Lauren Murphy Payne and Claudia Rohling

Remember the Light by Mary Pat Fisher

The Peace Book by Todd Parr

Studies on the Benefits of Yoga for Kids

Binzen, M. (2007, March/April). Yoga for children: Now proven effective! Yoga Chicago. Retrieved from: http://yogachicago.com/2014/03/yoga-for-children/ 

Cohen, L., Warneke, C., Fouladi, R. T., Rodriguez, M. A., & Cha oul-Reich, A. (2004). Psychological adjustment and sleep quality in a randomized trial of the effects of a Tibetan Yoga intervention in patients with lymphoma. American CancerAssociation, 100, 2253-2260. doi: 10.1002/cncr.20236 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15139072 

Culos-Reed, S. N., Carlson, L. E., Daroux, L. M., & Hately-Aldo us, S. (2006). A pilot study of yoga for breast cancer survivors: physical and psychological benefits. Psycho-Oncology,15, 891–897.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/7396155_A_pilot_study_of_yoga_for_breast_cancer_survivors_Physical_and_psychological_benefits

Haffner, J., Roos, J., Goldstein, N., Parzer, P., & Resch, F. ( 2006). The effectiveness of body-oriented methods of therapy in the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): results of a controlled pilot study. Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother, 34, 37-47. 

Hariprasad, V. R., Arasappa, R., Varambally, S., Srinath, S., & Gangadhar, B. N. (2013). Feasibility and efficacy of yoga as an add-on intervention in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder: An exploratory study. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 55, 379–384.

Jain, S. C., Rai, L., Valecha, A., Jha, U. K., Bhatnagar, S. O. D., & Ram, K. (1991). Effect of Yoga Training on Exercise Tolerance in Adolescents with Childhood Asthma. Journal of Asthma, 28, 437-442.

Jensen, P. S., & Kenny, D. T. (2004). The effects of yoga on th e attention and behavior of boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) Journal of Attentional Disorders, 7, 205–216.

Michalsen, A., Jeitler, M., Brunnhuber, S., Lüdtke, R., Büssing , A., Musial, F., Dobos, G., Kessler, C. (2012). Iyengar yoga for distressed women: A 3-armed randomized controlled tria l. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012, 408727. doi: 10.1155/2012/408727

Rajesh, B., Jayachandran, D., Mohandas, G., & Radhakrishnan, K. (2006). A pilot study of a yoga meditation protocol for patients with medically refractory epilepsy. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine,12, 367–71.

Razza, R. A., Bergen-Cico, D., & Raymond, K. (2015). Enhancing preschoolers’ self-regulation via mindful yoga. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24, 372-385. doi: 10.1007/ s10826-013-9847-6

Telles, S., & Naveen, K. V. (1997). Yoga for rehabilitation: An overview. Indian J Med Sci, 51, 123-7.

Teutsch, D. (2007, July 22). New twist in children’s welfare st retches to pirates and mermaids. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved from: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/new-twist-in-childrens-welfare-stretches-to-pirates-and-mermaids/2007/07/21/1184560101177.html

Yoga for Kids: The Many Hidden Benefits of Yoga, Australian Yoga Journal, Mar 28, 2010 by Alyssa Fowler:

Studies on the Benefits of Outdoor Learning for Kids

Charles, C. (2010). Children’s contact with the outdoors and nature: A focus on educators and educational settings. Children & Nature Network. This extensive report summarizes outdoor education and nature experience research related to schools and educational settings. It’s available at: http://www.childrenandnature.org/downloads/Educationsynthesis.pdf

Coyle, K.J. (2010). Back to school: Back outside! National Wildlife Federation. This report summarizes the benefits of outdoor education and provides action ideas, policy recommendations, and additional resources. It’s available at: http://www.nwf.org/~/media/PDFs/Be%20Out%20There/Back%20to%20School%20f ull%20report.ashx 

Dettweiler, Ulrich, et al. "A Bayesian Mixed-Methods Analysis of Basic Psychological Needs Satisfaction through Outdoor Learning and Its Influence on Motivational Behavior in Science Class." Frontiers in psychology 8 (2017): 2235.

Dettweiler, Ulrich, et al. "Stress in school. Some empirical hints on the circadian cortisol rhythm of children in outdoor and indoor classes." International journal of environmental research and public health 14.5 (2017): 475.

 

Social Performance Research 

American Institutes for Research. (2005). Effects of outdoor education programs for children in California. Palo Alto, CA. Available on the Sierra Club website.

http://www.sierraclub.org/youth/california/outdoorschool_finalreport.pdf

Blair, D. (2009). The child in the garden: an evaluative review of the benefits of school

gardening. Journal of Environmental Education, 40(2), 15-38. This study may be available in a library near you or can be purchased online through the publisher at: http://www.heldref.org/pubs/jee/about.html

Dyment, J. (2005). Gaining ground: The power and potential of school ground greening

in the Toronto District School Board. Evergreen. This report was commissioned by Evergreen, a charitable organization focused on bringing communities and nature together and is available online at:

http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/gaining_ground.pdf

 

Lieberman, G. A. & Hoody, L.L. (1998). Closing the achievement gap: Using the

environment as an integrating context for learning. SEER: Poway, CA, 1998.

State Environmental Education Roundtable. (2000). California student assessment

project. Poway, CA.

 

Health Research

Bell, A. C., & Dyment, J.E. (2006). Grounds for action: Promoting physical activity through school ground greening in Canada. Evergreen.

This report is available at: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/pdf/PHACreport.pdf

 

BTCV. (2009). Evaluation findings: Health and social outcomes 2009. BTCV.

This report is available online at: http://www2.btcv.org.uk/display/greengym_research

 

Dyment, J. E., & Bell, A. C. (2008). Grounds for movement: Green school grounds as sites for promoting physical activity. Health Education Research, 23(6), 952-962.

This study may be available in a library near you or can be purchased online through the publisher at: http://her.oxfordjournals.org/

 

Kuo, F.E. & Faber Taylor, A. (2004). A potential natural treatment for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder: Evidence from a national study. American Journal of Public Health, 94(9). The study and the educational PowerPoint are available on the web site of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. http://www.lhhl.uiuc.edu/

 

Muñoz, S. A. (2009). Children in the outdoors: A literature review. Sustainable Development Research Centre. This report is available online at: http://www.countrysiderecreation.org.uk/Children%20Outdoors.pdf

 

Wells, N.M., & Evans, G.W. Nearby nature: A buffer of life stress among rural children. Environment and Behavior, 35(3), 311-330. This study is not available online without purchase: http://www.sagepub.co.uk/journals/details/j0163.html 

 

Child Development Research

Chawla, L. (2006). Learning to love the natural world enough to protect it. Barn, 2, 57-58.

Barn is a quarterly published by the Norwegian Centre for Child Research at the

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. This article is

available at http://www.cnaturenet.org/02_rsrch_studies/PDFs/Chawla_LearningtoLove.pdf

 

Kellert, S.R. (2005). Nature and childhood development.” In Building for Life: Designing

and Understanding the Human-Nature Connection. Washington, D.C.: Island Press.

Full book available via Amazon.com and other commercial sources.

http://www.cnaturenet.org/02_rsrch_studies/PDFs/Kellert_BuildingforLife.pdf

 

Lester, S., & Maudsley, M. (2006). Play, naturally: A review of children's natural play. Children's Play Council. This report is available online at: http://www.playday.org.uk/PDF/play-naturally-a-review-of-childrensnatural%20play.pdf

 

Enjoyment Research

Blair, D. (2009). The child in the garden: an evaluative review of the benefits of school

gardening. Journal of Environmental Education, 40(2), 15-38.

This study may be available in a library near you or can be purchased online through the publisher at: http://www.heldref.org/pubs/jee/about.html

 

Dyment, J. (2005). Gaining ground: The power and potential of school ground greening

in the Toronto District School Board. Evergreen. 

This report was commissioned by Evergreen, a charitable organization focused on bringing communities and nature together and is available online at: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/gaining_ground.pdf

 

Sense of Place and Civic Engagement Research

American Planning Association. (2003). How cities use parks to . . . help children learn.

Chicago, IL. The report which provides a summary of relevant research is available at:

http://web.frpa.org/pdfs/advocacy/APA%20Papers/HelpChildrenLearn_06.pdf

 

Chawla, L. (2006). Learning to love the natural world enough to protect it. Barn, 2, 57-58.

Barn is a quarterly published by the Norwegian Centre for Child Research at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway. This article is available at http://www.cnaturenet.org/02_rsrch_studies/PDFs/Chawla_LearningtoLove.pdf

 

Wells, N. M., & Lekies, K. S. (2006). Nature and the life course: Pathways from childhood

nature experiences to adult environmentalism.” Children, Youth and Environments, 16(1). This study is available online at: http://www.colorado.edu/journals/cye/16_1/16_1_01_NatureAndLifeCourse.pdf

 

Community Involvement Research

Bell, A. C., & Dyment, J.E. (2006). Grounds for action: Promoting physical activity through

school ground greening in Canada. Evergreen. This report is available at: http://www.evergreen.ca/en/lg/pdf/PHACreport.pdf

 

Peacock, A. (2006). Changing minds: The lasting impact of school trips. The Innovation Centre, University of Exeter. This report is available at: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-schoolsguardianships-changing_minds.pdf