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Nature preschools continue impressive growth across US

A new report from Natural Start reveals outdoor, nature-focused preschools have grown 25-fold over the past decade. Read More

Tiny Essay Series Wrap Up

As a way to stay connected, we asked nature-based professionals to share how they were feeling, good or bad, in 500 characters or less. Read these tiny essays for a glimpse at how the field is coping with quarantine. Read More

Natural Start COVID-19 Forums

Natural Start has organized several forums for nature-based early learning professionals to discuss happening across the field and think together about where we are and where we're going. Read More

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Ask the Experts: Using Masks in Nature-Based Programs

As nature-based early education programs are reopening, the Natural Start Alliance has been getting a lot of questions about how to use masks effectively. Hear from several nature-based programs that have either remained open, recently reopened, or plan to reopen soon on how they're using masks and what they've learned. 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