Learning how to layer yourself and your children will be one of the most valuable lessons you learn while participating in nature school!
We recommend wearing base layers made of merino wool to help regulate you or your child’s temperature as you move around and play. This applies to the top and bottom, along with socks! Wool dries fast and does a great job at working with your body to regulate temperature. Avoid cotton as your base layers. Cotton absorbs sweat and water very easily and takes a long time to dry.
Something heavier than your base layer, cotton is fine as a mid-layer. Your mid layer should be easy to remove or add on if you or your child gets too warm or too cold.
This layer is one of the most important because it is the first layer to protect the other layers from the elements outdoors. Ideally, you want your outer layer to be waterproof (not water-resistant, there is a difference). This layer is designed to keep out the wind, rain, or snow. This applies to jackets and pants.
Waterproof shoes are a necessity during the colder months in nature school. Find a shoe that is warm and insulating on the inside, but also waterproof on the outside so the water doesn’t get in!
Other necessary items during the cold and extreme cold months is a hat, gloves, and a face mask/buff. Dress as if you or your child are going skiing. A lot of your body heat escapes through your head, so cover it up! If you or your child’s neck and/or face is exposed, cover it up! And last but not least, gloves. Little hands are most commonly the first thing to become cold on a child. Make sure your child is prepared with waterproof gloves that stay on their hands! We know this can be tough for the littlest of ones- just do your best and come prepared!