Resources and Links

Some articles on nature connection
The risks and rewards of sending kids to survival camp
Gut Health, Mental Wellbeing and Immunity Linked to Outdoor Play
The Importance of Maintaining a Sense of Wonder and Excitement
When Red Ants Attack – Lessons in Gratitude, Resilience and Mentoring
Dirt is NOT Dirty – How Playing in the Dirt Benefits the Immune System
A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.
The Overprotected Kid

Jon Young, Ellen Haas, Evan McGown. Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature. [comprehensive guide on the 8 Shields model*]
Tom Brown. The Tracker.
François Cardinal. Perdus sans la nature : pourquoi les jeunes ne jouent plus dehors et comment y remédier.
Richard Louv. Last Child in the Woods; The Nature Principle.
Gary Paul Nabhan, Stephen Trimble. The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places.
Bill Plotkin. Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World.
David Suzuki. The Sacred Balance: Rediscovering our Place in Nature.

The ‘8 Shields’  Art of Mentoring model is being used as a nature connection tool in numerous organizations across North America and the rest of the world. Find out more at the 8 Shields Institute website:

Like-minded organizations in our region
Camp Communautaire Se Brancher Coeur –
Coop des Forêts et des Gens – Montpellier, QC
Les Arterres – Wakefield, Qc
​Les Primitifs –
Sticks and Stones Wilderness School – Kimberley, ON
The p.i.n.e. project – Toronto, ON
The Guelph Outdoor School: Quelph, ON
Roots School – Corinth, Vermont
White Pine Programs – Maine, New Hamphsire