• 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

    Be a part of our annual conference for nature preschool educators, administrators, and researchers! The call for proposals for the 2018 World of Wonder: An International Nature-Based Early Learning Conference is now open!

  • National Survey of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

    The number of nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating in the United States is at an all-time high. Read all of the findings of our comprehensive survey of the field.

  • Member Spotlight: SHP Leading Design

    SHP Leading Design provides architectural and landscape architectural services to many educational institutions. We asked two of the firm's architects to tell us about their approach to the design of spaces for early learning.

  • Put Your Program on the Map!

    Check out Natural Start's new searchable map and list to see schools and organizations that are part of the Alliance. Join today to put your program on the map!

  • 2018 Conference Call for Proposals
  • National Survey of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
  • Member Spotlight: SHP Leading Design
  • Put Your Program on the Map!

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, Key Ingredients

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 numerous social, emotional, physical, and community-level benefits to participants. Read More

Feature Story

How Learning to Put on Rain Boots Leads to Academic Success

Learning to care for one's personal needs while playing outdoors is not always easy but it teaches children the skills they need to navigate new situations, think through problems, and develop strength and coordination -- the very foundations of later success in the classroom. Read More

Member Spotlight

Chippewa Nature Center’s (CNC) Nature Preschool in Midland, Michigan is a high-quality early childhood program for 3- and 4-year olds that teaches children literacy, math, science, and social-emotional skills in the context of nature. The children regularly hike to wooded areas, ponds, fields, and the Homestead Farm. Read More