Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

Summer Courses in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education at Antioch University New England

June 28, 2014

Courses in nature-based early childhood curriculum and childhood and nature are being offered this summer, and more courses are coming this fall. Read More

Register Now for the Nature-Based Preschool Conference

June 27, 2014

The Nature-Based Preschool Conference is a professional gathering to provide nature-preschool educators with resources, connections, and inspiration to enhance the world of nature play and education. Read More

Summer Sun Safety Tips

June 13, 2014

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one blistering sunburn during childhood doubles a person's the risk for developing skin cancer later in life. But their are simple ways to protect children from the heat and sun of summer so they can enjoy summer's long days outdoors. Read More

Children in Small and Urban Spaces Need Nature Too!

May 22, 2014

It only takes a small bit of space and little to no money to bring a rich amount of nature into your program. Read More

New Legislation Aims To Connect Children and Families with the Outdoors

May 21, 2014

Today, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, legislation that would support state, local and federal strategies to reconnect Americans with nature, improve children’s health, and support future economic growth and conservation efforts. Read More

Can This Industrial Designer Get Children Back Outside?

May 15, 2014

Here's an idea that caught our eye this week: A new invention from a young designer who hopes her invention will spur children to play outdoors with sticks. Read More

Nature Preschool Conference: Call for Presentations

April 28, 2014

The deadline for submissions for conference session proposals has been extended to May 9. Read More

Conservation Psychology Institute Puts Research to Work for Nature

April 25, 2014

Do you want to learn more about how children's experiences in nature affect their development and lifelong values and actions? The Conservation Psychology Institute will be held June 15-18 at Antioch University New England. Read More
The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center

Rooted in Nature: Nature Preschool Conference Nourishes Teachers

April 19, 2014

The Nature Preschool Conference at Maryland's Irvine Nature Center will be held June 6-8, 2014 and offers an opportunity to recharge and network with other early childhood environmental education professionals. Read More

Five Ideas for Making the Most of Mud

April 18, 2014

Spring is mud season, and while most children heartily embrace it, parents and teachers can be wary of the mess or unsure of the benefits. Read More