• 2018 Conference Call for Proposals
  • National Survey of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
  • Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education
  • 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

Nature Nuts is a Maine-based family nature club, completely designed and taught by parents. The club is in its second generation, having been started for the first time in 1984 by parents who wanted their girls to have the same opportunities that boys had in learning about nature. Read More