Outdoor Classrooms

What are Timber Tuesdays and Forest Fridays All About?

AUCP launched our outdoor classroom program in the fall of 2014, where each of our 3-5 year old classes rotate spending one Tuesday or Friday every other week at Long Branch Nature Center.

Several of the AUCP staff were inspired by a thought-provoking documentary entitled Forest Kindergarten. We are acting on this inspiration and trying to expose our older classes to more time outdoors and actually in the forest. We are fortunate that Arlington has as many green spaces as it does, and we are thankful that we are able to take advantage of this.

Take a look at some great resources below to learn more:

Preschool Experiences In a Winter Forest by Peggy Ashbrook (NSTA Blog – March 15, 2015)

Can Free Play Prevent Depression and Anxiety In Kids? by Katrina Schwartz (MindShift – June 29, 2014)

Taking the Classroom to the Forest: A School’s Forest Fridays Program by Riley Hopeman and David Sobel (Community Works Journal)

Benefits of Nature for Children (Children, Youth and Environments Center for Community Engagement – University of Colorado, Revised June 2013)

Jan White Natural Play by Jan White (Natural Play, Natural Growth, in the Early Years)

Cedarsong Nature School

The Adult Role in Child-led Play – How to Become a Learning Ally by Clare Caro (NaturePlay – September 17, 2012)

Into the Woods by Emily Bazelon (Slate – December 3, 2013)

Julia Steiny: A Forest Kindergarten Grows Great Kids by Julia Steiny (GoLocalProv MINDSETTER – May 29, 2013)

School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten (A Documentary Film by Lisa Molomot and Rona Richter)

Children That Play Outside in All Weather Grow Up Resilient by Andrew McMartin (Wild Earth – January 10, 2014)