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Fostering children's relationship with nature : exploring the potential of Forest school

Smith, Michelle A.; Dunhill, Ally; Scott, Graham W.


Michelle A. Smith

Ally Dunhill


Forest School offers children opportunities to explore the natural environment regularly over an extended period of time. It is based on six key principles, one of which states Forest School fosters a relationship with nature and develops long-term pro-environment attitudes through regular personal experiences in nature. We consider to what extent this aim is achieved by exploring the published evidence. We identify that a relationship with nature could be demonstrated under six themes although there is little robust evidence to support this. We suggest further research is carried out directly linked to this aim of Forest School.


Smith, M. A., Dunhill, A., & Scott, G. W. (2017). Fostering children's relationship with nature : exploring the potential of Forest school. Education 3-13, 46(5), 525-534.

Acceptance Date Feb 17, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 8, 2017
Publication Date Feb 28, 2017
Deposit Date Mar 8, 2017
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Education 3-13
Print ISSN 0300-4279
Electronic ISSN 1475-7575
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 46
Issue 5
Pages 525-534
Keywords Outdoor education; Relationship with nature; Forest school; Learning outdoors
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Additional Information This is the accepted manuscript of an article published in Education 3-13, 2018. The version of record is available at the DOI link in this record.


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