• Nature Playdates: An Alternative for When Nature Preschool Isn’t an Option

    What happens when you want to offer early childhood nature programming but don’t have the space, personnel, or other resources to run a full-scale nature preschool? One answer may lie in short-form programming such as nature playdates.

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    Member Spotlight: Nature Nuts

    Nature Nuts runs a year-round Forest School for young children in Maple Valley, WA. The school has recently been accredited in the Cedarsong Way Teaching Methodology.

  • Forest Kindergartens: A Multicultural Perspective

    How do cultural ideas about childhood, development, and learning impact nature-based early childhood education? Samantha Leder shares some of the lessons she learned during her study abroad semester in a Danish forest kindergarten.

  • 2018 World of Wonder Conference

    Join 300 nature-based early learning professionals for four days of professional development and networking in Chicago this August at the collaborative World of Wonder Conference.

  • Nature Playdates: An Alternative for When Nature Preschool Isn’t an Option
  • Member Spotlight: Nature Nuts
  • Forest Kindergartens: A Multicultural Perspective
  • 2018 World of Wonder Conference

Bright Ideas

Getting Nature Preschoolers Ready for Kindergarten

How do nature-based early learning programs support growth across the development domains and foster skills that prepare students for kindergarten? Join Natural Start Alliance members to discuss this topic in an upcoming webinar and Twitter chat. Read More

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens at Record Numbers in the U.S.

Nature-based preschools and kindergartens continue to rise in popularity in the United States. A national survey of nature-based early childhood educators conducted in 2017 identified more than 250 nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating across the country. Read More

Forest Days Evaluation Report Documents Benefits and Key Ingredients for Success

A recent evaluation report on the Forest Days initiative in Vermont and New Hampshire schools finds that programs not only support academic learning but also offer social, emotional, physical, and community benefits to participants. Read More

Feature Story

Nature Playdates: An Alternative for When Nature Preschool Isn’t an Option

What happens when you want to offer early childhood nature programming but don’t have the space, personnel, or other resources to run a full-scale nature preschool? One answer may lie in short-form programming such as nature playdates. Read More

Member Spotlight

Honey Hilliard is the author and illustrator of the book Looking for Butterflies, a color-along poetic narrative celebrating nature, art, and perseverance. Read More