There are more then 1,000 Forest Kindergartens in Germany and Switzerland. Scotland also has examples of this approach and Forestry Commission Scotland offers a Forest Kindergarten training programme. This Youtube video shows how children in a German Forest Kindergarten learn about the world through play and discovery.
More evidence for the benfits of outdoor learning, from schools that have put this in to practice, in this Guardian article. " It’s all about purpose. Simply letting a class of 30 outdoors for a lesson does not make it learning". Follow the link for the full article.
This Guardian article (June 2016) describes Branching Out, a trailblazing approach by Forestry Commission Scotland and local health boards, which supports mental health and wellbeing and helps participants learn new skills outdoors.
This Fife project has become the 200th initiative to be part of this innovative national outdoor activity programme which supports people with long-term mental health problems. The Branching Out programme has been developed and is supported by Forestry Commission Scotland.