Children in Wild Nature


A practical guide to nature-based practice

Niki Buchan

Children in Wild Nature is a comprehensive guide designed to highlight the profound benefits of engaging children in dynamic and complex outdoor environments. It underscores the necessity of providing opportunities for risk and challenge, fostering play that is filled with adventure, delight, laughter, daring, and joy.

Children in Wild Nature provides:

  • A Background on Outdoor Education: Gain insights into the foundations of bush, forest, and beach schools.
  • Challenges and Benefits: Children benefit enormously from being in wild spaces. There are challenges, but also immense benefits of nature-based practice. Children in Wild Nature provides the resources and insights necessary to create outdoor learning experiences that are both enriching and educational.
  • Nature-Based Practice: Explore the concept of nature-based practice.
  • Case Studies: Read inspiring case studies from educators who have successfully integrated ‘wild nature’ into their teaching practices, sharing their experiences and outcomes.
  • Practical Guidance: Find a starting point for implementing nature-based practice in your own setting. Get practical advice on how to meet all health and safety requirements while thoughtfully weighing the risks and benefits.
  • Connection to Nature: Understand how richly resourced, vibrant outdoor environments foster a deep connection to the natural world, crucial for children’s holistic development.
  • Learning through Play: Learn about the intricate interplay between people, places, and things that nurture children’s capacity to learn through curiosity, persistence, and practice.
  • Learning in Nature: Learning outdoors naturally fosters curiosity, persistence and resilience. By embracing the natural world, educators can inspire children to explore, discover, and grow in ways that are deeply fulfilling and developmentally significant.

Orders are normally dispatched within 3 to 5 business days. Goods are shipped by Australia Post or by local courier, depending upon the location, with a delivery expectation of 3 to 10 business days. We will email dispatch confirmation and tracking details.

International Orders
We are happy to supply orders from outside Australia and New Zealand. Orders will be dispatched by International Air which has delivery expectations of 3-21 business days depending upon your location.

We offer a 14-day inspection with freepost return on all printed products.
Please be aware that we cannot offer an approval period or accept returns on digital resources, so orders for these resources are final.

Niki Buchan

Niki Buchan is CEO and owner of Natural Learning Educational Consultancy. She has lived and worked in South Africa, Australia and is now based in Scotland. She works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author having been invited to work in Australia, UK, USA, Canada, Iceland, Sweden, South Korea, China, Norway, Denmark and South Africa. She has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma.

Niki trusts children as being capable and competent, respects their ability to know what they need for their development including assessing and taking risks. She has a great love for the outdoors and has been working with both adults and young children in very consultative, naturalistic and sensorial environments both indoors and outdoors for more than 40 years. She believes children have a right to regular access to nature and to have their voices heard in matters that affect them.

Additional Information
Weight 0.280 kg
Dimensions 297 × 210 × 6 cm