• Making the Most of Summertime

    Tips for making the most of the summer season to practice self-care, restore work/life balance, and return in the fall rejuvenated and reaffirmed in the commitment to teaching.

  • Photo credit: Sienna Renee Photography

    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.

  • 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.

  • 2018 World of Wonder Conference

    Join 400 nature-based early learning professionals for four days of professional development and networking in Chicago this August at the collaborative World of Wonder Conference.

  • Making the Most of Summertime
  • Member Spotlight: Nature Nuts
  • Nature Playdates: An Alternative for When Nature Preschool Isn’t an Option
  • 2018 World of Wonder Conference

Bright Ideas

Early Childhood EE Discussion Moderator Needed

We are looking for an early childhood environmental education discussion group moderator. This is a paid opportunity to share and create content that advances ECEE and supports professionals in the field. Read More

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

Feature Story

Making the Most of Summertime

Summer brings a change of pace to our lives as nature-based early childhood educators. How do we make the most of it to practice self-care, reflect on our work, and come back in the fall rejuvenated and reaffirmed in our commitment to nature-based teaching? Read More

Member Spotlight

Child's Play Family Child Care

At Child's Play Family Child Care in Connecticut, children and adults are invited into an outdoor play and learning space that's Nature Explore certified and created to nurture both children and adults. Read More