Educar en la naturaleza

Hueso, K. (2021) Educar en la naturaleza. Mejores personas para un planeta mejor. Plataforma Editorial, Barcelona

Un manual que nos lleva al corazón de las escuelas en la naturaleza, que da voz a la infancia y su necesidad vital de estar y jugar en ella, como escenario de aprendizaje, vínculo y juego libre. Sienta las bases del aprendizaje al aire libre y acerca todos los aspectos relevantes de la educación en la naturaleza. La Guía de Escuelas en la Naturaleza está dirigida a docentes y familias de escuelas en la naturaleza, de grupos de juego en la naturaleza y de centros de pedagogías alternativas. Pero también a centros educativos del sistema educativo formal, a equipamientos de educación ambiental, de educación física en la naturaleza, etc. Y, en general, cualquier persona que quiera trabajar con la infancia al aire libre. 

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Guide for nature schools

Asociación Nacional de Educación en la Naturaleza EDNA (2020) Guide for nature schools. Practical information about the life and organization of nature-based educational experiences in Spain. La Traviesa Ediciones, Sevilla (in Spanish)

A manual that takes us to the heart of schools in nature, giving voice to children and their vital need to be and play in it, as a setting for learning, bonding and free play. It lays the foundations for outdoor learning and brings together all the relevant aspects of education in nature. The Guide for Nature Schools is aimed at teachers and families of nature schools, nature play groups and alternative education centres. It is also aimed at schools in the formal education system, environmental education facilities, physical education in nature, etc. And, in general, at anyone who wants to work with children outdoors.


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Playing outdoors

Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2019) Playing outdoors. Play as the best tool for intellectual, physical and emotional development. Plataforma Editorial, Barcelona (in Spanish)

Today’s children are subjected to a true house arrest because of the fears that parents have; the tight schedule of “English-violin-ballet” that has to be fulfilled in order for them to have more “opportunities”; and also how uncomfortable it often is to get them dirty. But is it possible to have a real childhood without climbing trees, playing in the mud or building secret huts with branches in the middle of the countryside? That play is a vital need for children is something that no one disputes. However, of the time they spend playing, only a few do so in the open air, with no other elements than those found in nature. And it is precisely this kind of play that is most beneficial to physical, intellectual and emotional development. Because playing means pleasure, risk and freedom, three skills that are best learned as a child. In Playing outdoors, the author, biologist, educator and founder of the first outdoor kindergarten in Spain, explains why playing outside is essential in children’s growth and what we can do to encourage it.


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We are nature

Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2017) We are nature. A journey into our essence. Plataforma Editorial, Barcelona (in Spanish)

Technology, mass tourism, urbanisation, the hustle and bustle of everyday life and the demands of modern life seem to have made us victims of what Richard Louv – a well-known writer and journalist – called “nature deficit syndrome”. This book is an invitation to get back in touch with nature. A call to recognize it, respect it and live it in a deeper sense; to recover the devotion to the distant and the wild, to life in the open air. Based on the relationship between literature, art, music, cinema and their way of seeing nature, this work reveals how culture and education help us to rediscover nature and ourselves. Nature is our ally, and a means of healing, comfort and relief, as well as well-being, health and strength; of personal growth and development. It has been shown that the benefits of mindfulness are multiplied outdoors, and that even a walk in the park can be assimilated to a kind of meditation. Contact with nature is also an indispensable tool for the education of our children and reminds us of the importance of linking nature with school. A book to read in the shade of a tree and rediscover our natural essence.


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Another view of childhood

Hueso Kortekaas, K. (2017) Children and nature. En: Aizpún Bobadilla, T. (Coord.) Another view of childhood. Educational itinerary and approach to development in early years. OMM Press, Madrid (in Spanish)

Today, as at the beginning of the 20th century, the question of education becomes unavoidable. Only from an educational model adapted to reality, and, essentially, to the reality of the child, can a free and cohesive society be built. It is with this starting point in mind that this work arises. In it we focus mainly on early childhood, the basis for later success or failure, both at school and in the general development of the child. However, reflection on some basic aspects for development that are not always recognised by our educational system, such as the need for movement or the importance of creativity, covers the whole process of development and, therefore, the whole school stage. To this end, we have gathered together a group of professionals whose daily work leads us, on the one hand, to understand the urgency of the problems we are raising here and, on the other hand, thanks to the experience we have accumulated, we are able to offer proposals to refocus, if not solve, these problems. We firmly believe that being aware of the problem is already a first and enormous step towards its solution and, with that hope, we offer all people interested in children and education this “practical guide” with our best wishes.

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Clean summits

Hueso Kortekaas, K. & Manteiga López, L. (2015) Clean summits, TERRA Centro para la Política Ambiental, Galapagar (in Spanish)

A practical guide aimed at visitors to mountain areas in their leisure time. It introduces the reader to the mountain ecosystem, explains the range of impacts that such a fragile environment can suffer and offers prevention measures for different users (hikers, climbers, skiers, walkers, etc.). The text is informative, easy to read and practical to apply, and is supported by a wealth of visual elements (diagrams, maps, drawings, etc.).

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