Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

Need Ideas for Encouraging Nature Play? A New Free Guide Is Available

January 29, 2015

A new guide from The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association explores why nature play is important, its essential characteristics, and what organizations can do to restore children's play. Read More

Share Your Voice! NAAEE Call for Presentations is Open

January 29, 2015

NAAEE is seeking proposals for the nation's largest and longest-running conference for environmental education. Read More

New Research on the Benefits Greening Early Childhood Education

January 14, 2015

New research reported in Children Youth and Environment's continuing special section on greening early childhood education demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of education in, about, and for nature and the environment. Read More

Top Five Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

We've checked the stats and collected the top five most-viewed stories from Natural Start for the year. Here's your chance to catch any that you might've missed. Read More

Join a New Initiative to Bring Nature into Preschools across the Country

December 17, 2014

Natural Start and the National Wildlife Federation are working together to advance policies that support early childhood environmental education, and you can become involved. Read More

New England Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Gatherings in 2015

December 15, 2014

Antioch University New England is hosting more In Bloom gatherings this spring across New England. Read More

Call for Presenters: 2015 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

December 11, 2014

Submit a proposal to join the conversation about advancing the nature-based early childhood education profession. Read More

Little School Takes on Toys R Us in New Video

December 4, 2014

The Juniper Hill School, a place-based preschool in Maine, has posted a video to answer last year's Toys R Us commercial that disparaged environmental education. Read More

Support Natural Start on #GivingTuesday

December 2, 2014

What do you support on #GivingTuesday? When you support Natural Start, we reach more educators and parents, and ensure that children in every community get the nature-rich early education experiences that they need to thrive. Read More

Working Forum on Design and Nature Coming This Spring

November 25, 2014

This spring, the World Forum Foundation's Global Collaborative OnDesign and Nature Action Collaborative for Children will be hosting the first-ever Working Forum on Design and Nature: Designing Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Children. Read More