Feature Stories

Feature Story

April 2018

Samantha Leder

How do cultural ideas about childhood, development, and learning impact nature-based early childhood education? Samantha Leder shares some of the lessons she learned during her study abroad semester in a Danish forest kindergarten.

March 2018

Tracy Neal

How can we document early learning in the outdoors? Nature journals can help to develop children's observational and representational skills while serving as tangible developmental reference points for parents, educators, and the children themselves.

February 2018

Claire Warden

What is the common thread in the vast diversity of nature-based education programs offered to young children all over the world? Claire Warden looks at the structure of the mycelium to find an analogy for the underlying philosophy that connects these programs.

January 2018

Monica Wiedel-Lubinski

How do you incorporate nature-based learning into an existing preschool or childcare center? Here are seven practical strategies that will help you get started.

December 2017

Catherine Koons Hubbard

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.

October 2017

Emilian Geczi

How do we bring moments of wonder and care for nature into many more young children’s lives? Emilian Geczi argues that we need to combine empowering messages with effective engagement strategies to give more adults the confidence to share the wonders of the natural world with young children in everyday life.

September 2017

Kit Harrington

Nature-based education is, by definition, place-based education. And no matter where we are, when we enter into a classroom, we bring our place, and the history of that place, with us.

June 2017

Anne Grall Reichel

Nature experiences can play a central role in children's moral development. But we need to start by modeling caring practices and sharing our own sense of wonder and responsibility for the natural world.

April 2017

Christy Merrick

Do you want to become an advocate for young children? Learn three key lessons that will help you harness the power of your inner advocate.

March 2017

Rachel A. Larimore

Are you considering opening a nature-based preschool? Here are some ideas for thinking through the programmatic decisions you will need to make.

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