Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

September 23, 2014

New guidelines define nature play places; explain how to plan, design, and manage them; and explore ways to bring them to children and families in every community. Read More

Working Forum on Design and Nature: Designing Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Children

September 18, 2014

Join architects, landscape architects, planners, educators, environmental educators, funders, and elected officials in a first-of-its kind event to explore high-level universal principles in designing effective spaces for children. Read More

Nature-Based Preschool Conference Brings Field Together

August 29, 2014

For only the second time ever, a Nature-Based Preschool Conference designed specifically for the nature preschool professionals was held this month in Kalamazoo, MI. Read More

Let’s Create an ECHO across America: Every Child Healthy Outdoors

August 28, 2014

New tools are available from the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to help you work with your political leaders to get children back outdoors. Read More

Environmental Education's Largest Annual Gathering Is Coming Soon!

August 27, 2014

Environmental education's longest-running and largest annual gathering is coming soon with the NAAEE annual conference, held this year in beautiful Ottawa. Early-bird registration ends on Friday! Read More

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

July 25, 2014

The “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants to zoos and aquariums will encourage conservation education through family nature play. Read More

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates International Mud Day

July 18, 2014

Enjoy photos of the messy learning that took place at the San Antonio Zoo's celebration of International Mud Day on June 29th! Read More

5 Tips for Camping with Kids

July 17, 2014

Taking the kids on a camping trip? These tips from the Outdoors Alliance for Kids will help make the trip a little easier. Read More

Irvine Nature Preschool Conference, Inside and Out

July 17, 2014

Preschool director Lesley Romanoff reflects on this year's Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center. Read More

Tell Congress to Keep Children and Families Healthy Outdoors

June 28, 2014

Lend your voice to support legislation that would ensure that children have opportunities to improve their health and learn about the environment by spending time outdoors. Read More