Catherine McLean Freelance Writer

Forest schools: When every day is a field trip day

Published April 22, 2013 in Today's Parent

After a morning of sliding down frozen hills and trudging along snowy forest paths, the preschoolers attending this forest playgroup in the Swiss village of Bauma are ready for lunch.

A few red-cheeked children help dig out the snow in the so-called “forest sofa” — a fenced-in sitting area made of logs where they dine alfresco. They eagerly line up to carry small loads of kindling, and the group leader patiently lights the fire and starts cooking today’s kid-friendly menu of pasta with cheese and pumpkin.

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