Feature Stories

October 2016

Gwen Dewar, PhD

Research suggests that active exploration wires the brain, and helps kids develop powerful intuitions about concepts central to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Dodge Nature Center

September 2016

Kit Harrington

Relive the 2016 conference with a participant who is tasked with bringing the conference to Seattle in 2017.

Photo by Hanoi Photography

August 2016

Gwen Dewar, PhD

Today's children don't spend enough time outside, but whose fault is that? If we want to fix the problem, we need to consider the ancient support networks that helped our ancestors cope.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

July 2016

Catherine Koons Hubbard

If we showed children's messy moments--the cries and frustrations, the disgust, or worry--in our Facebook feeds, would we have a more complete and accurate picture of life with children in the outdoors?

June 2016

Jenn Leibham

There are three seasons in nature preschool in Wisconsin: Fall, Winter, and MUD.

May 2016

Ken Finch

Childhood nature play advocate Ken Finch shares strategies for making nature play easy so that families can make it part of every day.

April 2016

Joshua Sneideman, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator

A seasoned STEM educator shares his tips and tricks for exploring energy outdoors with young children.

March 2016

Lauren Maples

When children learn mindfulness, they can access this state of being when life becomes stressful and overwhelming. It's an often-overlooked skill that can keep children balanced and successful for a lifetime.

South Shore Natural Science Center

February 2016

Christy Merrick

Nature and forest preschools have garnered the attention of the national media in recent months. Find out how you can help advance the movement even more.

January 2016

Megan Gessler

How a day of animal tracking turned into a weeks-long inquiry that built sensory experience, critical thinking, and determination in a class of four-year-old inventors.