Extract from the Foreword by David Sobel
Phew! It’s been a tough year hasn’t it? To echo Dorothy, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. Climate change and terrorists and pandemic, oh my! What are we to do?
This book is the ‘To Do’. With this book, Jon and Marina have created a potent vision of the interviability of children, nature and the community.
It’s about the world we want to live in and the path to follow to get there. In the United States, when you drive from New Hampshire across the Piscataqua River Bridge into Maine, you’re greeted with a sign that says, Welcome to Maine, The Way Life Should Be.
This book could be titled, Welcome to Forest School, The Way Education Should Be. Or here’s another potential title. The publishers of the book originally wanted Jon and Marina to call this book Nature Pedagogy and Forest School: The Definitive Guide. They balked at the word definitive. Too self-congratulatory, too preachy. Well, even though they decided to excise definitive from the title, as an objective reader I can tell you – this book is definitely definitive.
It’s a theory-to-practice, soup-to-nuts, pie-in-the-sky to mud-under-your-feet rich compendium of everything you need to know about trundling into the forest safely and productively with children and teens.