Feature Stories

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.

January 2017

David Catlin

Business planning consultant David Catlin shares what it takes to develop a business plan for a nature preschool that can take you from a great idea to a successful school.

Fiddleheads Forest School

November 2016

Joanna Wright

Outdoor classrooms might seem like a challenging environment in which to provide early literacy instruction, but they are also a source of unique opportunity.

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.