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.
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.
Take a look inside the nation's first Head Start classroom at a working farm at Aullwood Audubon Center and Farm in Dayton, Ohio.
Nature Explore's Susan Wirth shares the results of Dimensions Foundation's research that reveals six indicators of thriving, growing, and sustainable outdoor classrooms.
A cooperative nursery school shares tips for how to engage parents, teachers, and children in learning in the outdoors.
Liza Lowe shares her story of how she started Wild Roots Nature School at Stonewall Farm.
This partnership between a first-grade teacher and a retired environmental educator brought children outdoors to investigate nature with the help of new digital tools.
Are nature-based programs possible in public school settings? Several teachers give us new hope that public schools can use the forest as a classroom.
Could the push to get more children into preschool set us back in terms of connecting children to nature, encouraging creative play-based education, and building a love of learning?
At Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten on Vashon Island, Washington, the forest is the classroom.