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Free online magazine - Outdoor Practitioner

The Outdoor Practitioner is our online magazine, full of articles, ideas and activities to support you to be outdoors with your groups, packed full of contributions from real-life Outdoor Practitioners.

Issue 4, Health & Wellbeing Focus is out now - FREE to download or read online.

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Issue 4: Health & Wellbeing Focus

Winter/Spring 2022


Health & Wellbeing Focus
Reclaiming snack time - the importance of comfort: exclusive article from outdoor expert Dr Mel McCree

• Building in Inclusion with WWT • Bringing Therapy outdoors - Forest School & mental health • snow day at Forest School • Talking about climate change with Learning through Landscapes • theory & practice of an outdoor programme for disadvantaged families • The healing power of gratitude • Forest bathing with Forestry England

• A child’s eye view of Forest School • Nature Premium update

Campfire popcorn & make your own sieve popcorn cooker

Practitioners Voice
Working with different access needs • Fiery Fox fire safety book • Project postcards - outdoor opportunities at a Brighton Primary School & a loose parts project in London

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Outdoor Practitioner Issue 4

pdf, 7.91 MB

Issue 3: Forest School Focus

Autumn 2022

The Outdoor Practitioner issue 3


Forest School Focus
Forest School Day • Nature Connection or Nature Contact • 7 ways to deepen your connection to nature • Forest in the City - Forest School in an urban setting • Forest School Stories - overcoming an arson attack • 6 Forest School Principles

Whittle your own hazel knife • Square lashing • Autumn inspirations • Leaf needle felting • Autumn hanging mobile

Fascinating Fungi with the British Mycological Society • Storm Kettles

Practitioners Voice
Reflecting on access to nature programmes & Forest School • Letters from projects in Edinburgh & Croydon • Book review: Creating A Forest School – from the roots up! • Outdoor Ed Chat - join the online discussion

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Outdoor Practitioner Autumn 2021 issue 3

pdf, 6.72 MB

Issue 2: Hand Washing focus

Summer 2021


The Natural Play Principles from Professor Jan White
Hand Washing focus
Embedding outdoor play training in Early Childhood courses at Glasgow Clyde College

Sun prints - bunting & cyanotype prints
How to make a foot operated soap dispenser from Richard Irvine
Nature Chatterbox from the National Trust
Tree ID - the oak

Learning Through Landscapes (LtL) - overcoming outdoor learning barriers at Grand-y-Care, Scotland
Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (CLOtC) - 5 top tips for learning outside the classroom
Forest School Association (FSA) - the Forest School Provider programme
National Forest - Creating a Forest for Learning
Thrive Outdoors - supporting Scotland’s children to grow, play & learn outdoors

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Outdoor Practitioner Summer 2021

pdf, 7.05 MB

Issue 1: Outdoor Clothing Focus

Spring 2021


Outdoor Clothing focus
The Breeze Project, Newcastle - impacting young people’s wellbeing through Forest School
Outdoor case study: Milford Pre School, Hampshire

Fire - how to choose & use a fire steel
Campfire cooking - campfire bread on a stick
Bushcraft knots - clove hitch

National Association for Environmental Education (NAEE)
National Trust - 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ & Ways to Have a Mini Adventure
Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust

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Outdoor Practitioner Spring 2021

pdf, 5.55 MB

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