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Urban Forest School

Urban Forest School
  • Publishing: Spring 20
  • Pub month: June
  • ISBN-13: 9781784945633
  • Author: Naomi Walmsley & Dan Westall
  • Price: £16.99
  • Binding: PB with flaps
  • No. of pages: 160
  • Dimensions: 260 x 215 mm
  • Colour : Full colour throughout

Urban Forest School

Venture out to your local green space or just into your back garden if you have one, and have a go at the amazing array of outdoor activities described in this activity-packed book – from building a hidden sheet den to creating watering stations for bees. While you are there, scavenge and forage for raw materials and then extend the fun with creative makes and recipes to do back at home such as leaf printing, stick boats and stinging nettle crisps (if you dare!). Get to know the wild parts of your city or town with handy bug, plant and tree ID sections, plus a scavenger hunt and cloud-spotting game that can be done when out and about. Games to play with organised groups or with your family and friends add another dimension to this book that is bursting with ideas for urban outdoor adventures.

Celebrate the incredible benefits that come with spending time outdoors and interacting with nature by reading the evocative real-life stories dotted through the book. A selection of town and city dwellers of all ages describe their personal memories of interactions with urban nature and what they have meant to them.

Dan Westall and Naomi Walmsley run Outback2Basics from their patch of woodland in Shropshire, UK. Specializing in bushcraft and Stone Age skills, they provide unique experiences for school children and teachers to connect to nature. Dan has been a bushcraft teacher for many years and has also acted as a medic and survival consultant on various TV shows. Naomi is a qualified bushcraft instructor and Forest School Leader and believes that every child should be able to safely light a fire and have at least ten uses for a stick by the age of ten. She has also written about bushcraft and parenting for many magazines, including Bushcraft & Survival Skills, Living Woods and Juno. Together, they undertook a five-month Stone Age immersion experience in the US, living in the wilderness without any modern equipment, profoundly influencing their lives and teaching.

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