• Growing with the Children: Bringing Nature-Preschool Practices to Elementary Schools
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  • Nature-Based Preschool National Conference
  • Let's Create an ECHO Across America: Every Child Healthy Outdoors

Bright Ideas

New Research on the Benefits Greening Early Childhood Education

New research reported in Children Youth and Environment's continuing special section on greening early childhood education demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of education in, about, and for nature and the environment. Read More

Top Five Stories of 2014

We've checked the stats and collected the top five most-viewed stories from Natural Start for the year. Here's your chance to catch any that you might've missed. Read More

Join a New Initiative to Bring Nature into Preschools across the Country

Natural Start and the National Wildlife Federation are working together to advance policies that support early childhood environmental education, and you can become involved. Read More

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Growing with the Children: Bringing Nature-Preschool Practices to Elementary Schools

Responding to parent demand, Chippewa Nature Center's Nature Preschool has partnered with the local school district to bring nature-based classrooms to public kindergartens. Read More

Member Spotlight

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a nearly 15,000-acre, privately owned preserve that seeks to creatively explore the connections between nature, science, and art. In 2012, Bernheim launched the Children at Play Initiative, a regional coalition of people and organizations focused on connecting more children to nature. Read More