Journal article Open Access
Who are nature-based educators? How do they experience their role, combining theory with practice in their relationship with children and their families in the Forest Schools of Canalescuola? The entries in their personal journals reveal changes in attitude and approach, discovering the brave adventure of being present, yet allowing children the right space for exploration and expression. This is what an educator should do, even in the forest. What happens if 3 to 6 years old children play freely, and how does this affect the way they learn and grow up? How much trust is needed in this process? It is important to keep in mind that children think with their heads and they are not just people to look after.