Today Mary is talking to Professor David Sobel as a contributor to the nature educators series within Nature Magic.
David is a Professor in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He consults and speaks widely on child development and place-based education with schools, environmental organisations and the National Park Service in the US. He has authored eight books and more than 70 articles focused on children and nature for educators, parents, environmentalists and school administrators in the last 30 years.
His published books include Beyond Ecophobia and Place-based Education:: Design Principles for Educators and Wild Play, Parenting Adventures in the Great Outdoors,.
His most recent book is Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens published by Redleaf Press.
He was recognized as one of the Daring Dozen educational leaders in the United States in 2007.
This interview investigates David’s deep connection with nature and how he believes we can foster the innate spiritual connection that children have with the natural world and how this benefits humanity and our planet.
The Last Beautiful Days of Autumn
By: John Nichols
The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood
By: Edith Cobb
The Magical Child
By: Joseph Chilton Pearce
An Indian Boyhood
By: Charles A. Eastman
The Tender Carnivore and the Sacred Game
By: Paul Shepherd
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