Feature Stories

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

May 2015

Catherine Koons Hubbard

Preschool teacher Catherine Koons Hubbard reflects on perfect autumn days spent outside painting with children.

Photo by Kevin Shoban for CuriOdyssey

April 2015

Rachel Gauza

The Walt Disney Company is supporting a major new effort to connect families to nature through zoos and aquariums. New grants for nature play programs will be available soon.

Fiddleheads Forest School

March 2015

Sarah Heller

Fiddleheads Forest School has developed an internship program that it is helping student teachers, children, educators, and families. Learn how they're doing it, and how you can, too.

February 2015

Jana Willis, Brenda Weiser, and Donna Kirkwood

By integrating the two seemingly opposed areas of nature and technology, we can create an opportunity for young children to become both environmentally and technologically literate.

North Park Village Nature Center

January 2015

Sean Shaffer

In the heart of Chicago, a small nature center has taken a big leap into providing space for unstructured nature play for city residents.

Photo by Tina Pretzer

December 2014

Rachel A. Larimore

Responding to parent demand, Chippewa Nature Center's Nature Preschool has partnered with the local school district to bring nature-based classrooms to public kindergartens.

Photo by Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

November 2014

Patty Born Selly

Children have a biological connection to living things that can be fostered in early care and education settings. A growing body of research shows that children who are supported in their love for animals tend to generalize that love to other living things, such as plants and nature. Research also shows that when children are encouraged to care for animals, they tend to be more sensitive and caring toward other people as well. So by supporting children’s love for animals, educators are helping nurture those all-important feelings of connection and stewardship as well.

Desert Botanical Garden

October 2014

Emily Morris

Despite mounting research about the importance of getting children outside from an early age, there are surprisingly few environmental education programs for babies. This story profiles one program in Phoenix, Arizona.

Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm

September 2014

Christy Merrick

Take a look inside the nation's first Head Start classroom at a working farm at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton, Ohio.

Photo by Nature Explore

August 2014

Susan Wirth

Nature Explore's Susan Wirth shares the results of Dimensions Foundation's research that reveals six indicators of thriving, growing, and sustainable outdoor classrooms.

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