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Learning to Learn in Nature: New Book and DVD Resource

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Early Learning in Nature Project

The Early Learning in Nature Project (2009-2014) worked each year with groups of children and their educators who regularly visited and became familiar with their very own "wild place", engaging in exciting, imaginative and elemental learning. The project was designed to give children with limited access to natural environments sustained opportunities for engaging with nature. It sought to provide a sound basis for respect, understanding and stewardship of the natural world, as well as a rich resource for co-constructed and imaginative learning.

Early Learning in Nature Project information 



Developing long term action research projects with educators and children is at the heart of our work.

We believe that all children are rich, strong, competent and full of potential and it is the role of the school and educator to create learning contexts which foster children's natural curiosity and desire to learn. Our overarching aim is to demonstrate pedagogical systems which place curiosity, enquiry, exchange and expression at the heart of educational practice.

Designing and carrying out projects with early years' settings is a key part of our work. Over the fourteen years of our project work the following have emerged as key elements:

  • observing, analysing and building from children's fascinations
  • supporting learning groups
  • developing dialogic practice amongst the educators
  • documentation to support learning processes and as evidence
  • parent participation and exchange
  • nature as a learning environment
  • the school as studio - transforming the classroom environment

To read about past and current projects please go to the menu box on the top left of this page. 

To enquire about developing a project in collaboration with Sightlines Initiative contact robin(at)

National Network Action Research Projects