Natural Start Alliance Map

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1870 Farm Preschool

The Preschool at 1870 Farm is a nature-based Reggio Emilia-inspired school for children ages 2-5 that celebrates children's innate sense of curiosity and their desire to make meaning of their world. We view children as competent and full of ideas.

A Child's Nature - Care and Education

We care for every part of a child's nature. Inspired by the principles of Waldorf education, A Child's Nature strives to educate the whole child: hands, heart, mind, and spirit.

A Child's Place School

At A Child's Place School, we believe the purpose of education is to promote the growth of learning, to develop self-awareness and a sense of competency, and to enhance and encourage a spirit of inquiry.

A Child's Touch

Our facilities are a fun, protective oasis for children. Situated on three beautiful acres, we have 14+ playgrounds with incredible nature areas and an on-site children's museum. We are Nature Explore Certified from Arbor Day Center in Nebraska

A Kind Garden

Privately owned small preschool center that focus on fostering a love for nature and animals so that our children can be great stewards of The Communities they live and play in.

Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers

​THE ACADEMY OF FOREST KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS offers experiential, comprehensive teacher training programs, workshops, and conferences, to build a strong foundation in developmentally appropriate practices, deep nature connection and naturalist skills

Acorn Learning Center at Trinity Lutheran College

Acorn, an "urban, nature" preschool and childcare center is the laboratory for the early childhood department at Trinity Lutheran College.

Acorn Naturalists

Acorn Naturalists’ catalog collection is brimming with resources that advance outdoor education. From activity manuals and kits to hand lenses and animal replicas, we have just about everything you could want for your trail or nature preschool.

Acorn Preschool

Acorn is a nature based preschool for ages 3 until Kindergarten. We are situated on 22 acres of land featuring woods, meadows and a garden. Our focus is building friendships, community and creativity through self-directed play and active exploration.

Acton Academy Jacksonville

Acton Academy Jacksonville's mission is to inspire each child and parent who enters our doors to find a calling that will change the world. We value learning to do and learning to be. We focuse around a hero's journey searching for life's calling.

Afton Nature School

We are a half-day nature-based preschool program serving children ages 1-5 years old. We offer traditional school year and summer camp programs.

Alaska Forest School

We are a small program in Alaska. We meet outside for 2 hours a day through the entire year (even if it is -10!). We currently have a preschool/kindergarten class and a toddler group.

Aldo Leopold Nature Center

ALNC was established in 1994 as an independent, non-profit organization with the mission to provide hands-on programs which “…teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands" in spirit of Aldo Leopold.

All Friends Nature School

All Friends Nature School is a fully licensed childcare operation that uses nature as our classroom. We meet at different parks in our area daily so that the children can see how mother earth changes in all areas and seasons. Ages 2.5 -5

All Friends Nature School

Reconnecting children with nature

All Our Kin, Inc.

All Our Kin trains, supports and sustains family child care providers to ensure that children and families have the foundation they need to succeed in school and in life. One of our programs is an organic garden project, operating at 21 FCC homes.

American Forest Kindergarten Association

The American Forest Kindergarten Association is a national organization bringing together educators, parents, policy-makers, and other stakeholders passionate about the forest kindergarten model.

Ann Arbor Forest School

We offer a unique and powerful preschool experience to children ages 3-6. We’re centrally located between Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, adjacent to Buhr Park. Our class size is intentionally small, limited to 6.

Antioch University New England, Department of Education

The new Nature-Based Early Childhood Certificate program and M. Ed focus at AUNE trains teachers, administrators, and founders of nature preschools and forest kindergartens and helps public school teachers implement new nature-based approaches

Arcadia Nature Preschool

Arcadia Nature Preschool was founded in 1976 on the premise that happy & rewarding early childhood experiences with nature form the foundation for caring & aware adults. We offer limitless opportunities for investigation, observation & discovery.

Arcadian Day School

At ADS, we are intent on embodying the arcadian way of life by incorporating a garden-based theme and creating a calm, peaceful, and aesthetically pleasing place for your children to learn and grow with respect to mind, heart, and body.

Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center

Housing one of the oldest lab preschools in the USA, Arlitt's mission is to research, demonstrate, and promote best practices in ECE. Faculty teach college students and study children's nature play and learning, pedagogy, and green playgrounds.

Asheville Farmstead School

Asheville Farmstead School is a non-profit outdoor farm-based school designed to teach homesteading, natural sciences, life skills, sustainability, and agriculture to children and families. We are located about 15 minutes from downtown Asheville.

Asheville Forest School

We are a non-profit, all-outdoor "forest kindergarten". We provide nature-based education that supports the healthy development of the whole child—body, mind and spirit--that helps them become compassionate stewards of the Earth.

Audubon Nature Preschool

The Audubon Nature Preschool builds on children's inherent curiosity about the world by using hands-on, nature-based activities to foster social, physical, and academic skill development. We believe children are born naturalists!

Austin Nature & Science Center Nature's Way Preschool

The Austin Nature and Science Center is dedicated to the exploration of the natural world. Since 1960, ANSC has provided nature exhibits, education programs and recreation resources for countless visitors.

Baby Steps Nature School

Baby Steps is a nature science family child care site. The children's ages range from 3 months to school aged. Our unique access to a large, well tended forest right in the middle of the city allows children to experience the outdoors every day.

Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest

Bernheim is a 15,000 acre arboretum, park and research forest. In 2013 the Children at Play Initiative was established to help build understanding and capacity to inspire the implementation of visionary free play environments in nature.

Between Friends - An Early Learning Community

BFELC is a nature and play-based early learning community that services children six-weeks to five years of age focusing on the whole child.

Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier

At Blackland Prairie Conservatory & Atelier, our mission is to encourage living (play)fully, (mind)fully, and (art)fully. We create an environment that cultivates global citizens, earth stewards, and builds community friendships.

Blandford Nature Center

We have 143 diverse acres in the City of Grand Rapids and use the land and wildlife as the perfect backdrop to provide quality environmental education and community programs. In addition we reach out to area schools to support nature-based education.

BLM Campbell Creek Science Center

We are an outdoor science education center that promotes discovery and learning