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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.

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 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.

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 experiences that increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for nature, science, and natural resources management. We offer programs for people of all ages.

Bolingbrook Park District- Hidden Oaks Nature Center

Through interactive exhibits, hands-on activities, and nature programs Hidden Oaks Nature Center inspires curiosity and exploration of the natural world in guests of all ages.

Boston Nature Center Pathways to Nature Preschool

To protect the nature of Massachusetts for people and for wildlife.

Breakwater School Early Childhood Program

Independent progressive school, serving children 18 months through Eighth Grade. EC program serves toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children.

Brighter Minds Early Learning Academy

We are a nature-based, Reggio Emilia inspired preschool. We are hoping to open our doors for the following school year.

Brixham Montessori Friends School

Brixham is a small independent school located in York, ME serving children ages 2-11, toddler -5th grade. Our mission is to "honor each child's individuality, creativity, and intellectual potential through an enriched Montessori educational program.

Bronx Zoo Nature Club - Bronx Zoo/WCS

Join us for free outdoor Meetups with the Bronx Zoo Nature Club! We will host monthly sessions at the Zoo and in nearby parks, in hopes to connect families back to nature through unstructured, free-play exploration. All ages welcome!

Brooklyn Apple Academy

Brooklyn Apple is a home school resource center providing part time options for home school students as well as classes, afterschool program, camps, meetups, and events to serve both the homeschool and unschooling community. Serving ages 6-13

Brooklyn Forest

Brooklyn Forest offers forest school classes in parks for young children and their caregivers. Forest School is simple and that's intentional. We want each child's encounter with nature to be wonderful, so we try to not get in the way of that wonder.

Brooklyn Park Nature Preschool

In our classes, children are immersed in hands-on activities that foster meaningful connections to their classmates, teachers, and the world around them. We value each opportunity our children have to play, use their imaginations, and explore.

Building Blocks Preschool

We are a child care facility with infants to school-age with a nature-based curriculum. With our inquiry based-emergent curriculum we incorporate outdoor play, nature exploration, and environmental practices in to daily learning.

Building Blocks Preschool-An Early Childhood Learning Community

Our emphasis is on nature as a vast and wonderful classroom -and puts the child in the center of it. Nature is everywhere; Outdoor classroom, nature walks, the arts, holistic & unscripted exploration. Building the foundation for a love of learning.

Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool Childcare

Established in July 2000, Bundle of Joy Nature Preschool Childcare offers infants through preschool children individualized, loving, quality child care designed for whole child development.

Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool

Butterfly Hill Nature Preschool is a Nature Explore certified, play based and child centered preschool in central Minnesota. We play outdoors rain, snow or shine!

CA Montessori Children's Center

On-site Montessori school for a forturne 500 company. 8 schools around the world. All hold the ECO healthy child care certificate (our two schools in India and UK are the first and only in the country) and we have Nature Explore outdoor classrooms.

Camellia Waldorf School

We are an AWSNA Waldorf school with parent toddler classes, preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school. We are planning on opening an additional nature preschool in the fall of 2017.

Camp Ketcha

Camp Ketcha is a year round non-profit organization serving the southern Maine community with programs in youth development, family enrichment and summer day camping. We operate a school-year nature based Montessori Preschool.

Canotila Nature Academy

A nature-based preschool program serving ages 3 to 5 in Hudson, WI.

Catalyst Community Preschool

Catalyst Community Preschool exists to cultivate in children a love for learning, for the outdoors, for others, and for God. Through the arena of the outdoor classroom, children engage in hands-on activities that promote imagination and exploration.

Catch A Star Learning Center

Catch A Star Learning Center is a not-for-profit corporation licensed to accept 150 children from the ages of 6 weeks to 12 years old. Each separate classroom environment is set up specifically for each particular age group.

Catonsville Presbyterian Church Family Child Care Center

CPCFCCC began its "Otters" Nature-Based Preschool class in 2011 to offer the community a different approach to traditional preschool classrooms. Over the years the Otters have grown and expanded as we share our love of the outdoors with our community

Cedarsong Nature School

Cedarsong® Nature School provides nature immersion programs to foster physical, emotional and mental balance through an authentic connection with the natural world. "Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away the walls" - Erin Kenny c. 2007

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

501 c 3 dedicated to providing science based environmental education and stewardship programs to youth and families. We have 4 facilities that offer seasonal and year-round programs in the Homer community for all ages.

Chavitos Nature School

Chavitos means children in Spanish. We are a bilingual nature immersion school located in Tacoma, Washington on almost an acre of land. As an entirely outdoor education program, we are committed to 100% outdoor nature immersion, interest-led play.

Chicago Botanic Garden

Chicago Botanic Garden is opening a Nature-Based Preschool in September of 2016. Our plant focused curriculum will allow children to the opportunity to explore various areas of the Garden to complement learning units.

Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo

Chicago Zoological Society operates Brookfield Zoo and includes Hamill Family Play Zoo, a zoo within a zoo that is dedicated to young children and families and early experiences with nature. NatureStart™ professional development is a CZS program.

Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition

The goals of the organization include: serving as a resource on information about the Chihuahuan Desert, encouraging life long learning about the Chihuahuan Desert and collaborating with educators and the public in support of programs

Children's Country Day School

Children’s Country Day School is a nurturing, nature-based preschool fostering a love of learning, respect for others, and a positive self concept. We are situated on a 7 acre model farm, overlooking picturesque St. Paul.

Children's Discovery Center

Early education where developmental and educational needs of children are addressed while providing engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of daily learning.

Children's Forest of Central Oregon

The Children's Forest of Central Oregon is a network of outdoor places and programs dedicated to moving all children along a continuum of outdoor learning, exploration, and healthy living through engagement with nature.

Children's Museum in Easton

Located in the heart of southeastern Massachusetts, The Children’s Museum in Easton is housed in an historic 112 year old fire station with three floors of interactive exhibits and outdoor learning center for children ages 1-8 and families.

Children's Treehouse

The Children's Tree House is a non-profit nature based child development center. We are located on the property of the National Conservation Training Center, where we dig for answers, cultivate learning and harvest new ideas.

Chipmunks Home Child Care

Nurturing Care with Nature in Mind We are a nature based home child care dedicated to supporting the whole child and their developmental needs, while fostering a love for the natural world.

Chippewa Nature Center

Chippewa Nature Center’s Nature Preschool in Midland, Michigan is a high-quality early childhood program for 3- and 4-year olds that teaches children literacy, math, science, and social-emotional skills in the context of nature.

Christots Montessori School

Christots Montessori School is nestled on wooded acreage away from the busy areas of Shawnee, KS. Our students enjoy gardening throughout the year and exploring nature outdoors.

Cibolo Nature Center

The Cibolo Nature Center & Farm provides nature-focused education, research, entertainment and outdoor activities for more than 100,000 visitors a year, while promoting sound stewardship of land, water and wildlife.

Cibolo Nature School

Cibolo Nature Center exists to promote conservation of natural resources through education and stewardship. Cibolo Nature School exists to develop the whole child through nature-based learning and discovery.

Cincinnati Nature Center

Private non-profit nature center. Enriching lives by inspiring passion for nature through experience, education, and stewardship. Our licensed nature preschool serves up to 60 students. We also provide teacher training and field trips.

Circle of Friends

Hi! I created a nature based preschool on the Outer Banks of NC.

City Museums for Kids

City Museums for Kids is a group of committed individuals who believe in the power of broadening an economically challenged young person’s horizon by sending him or her on field trips to museums and other cultural institutions.

City of Dublin

"It's Greener in Dublin" sums up the city's dedication to its mission of healthy place and space. The city sits on a little less than 25 Square miles and has 1100 acres of parks and open spaces among its 56 parks and preserves.


CNNA is a Training organization created to revolutionize the education system in the region of Asia. It started raising concerns about the extreme neglect of play and especially Nature-interaction among children and youth in the region of Asia.

Colegio Cargolet

Cargolet is a primary school and kidergarten, in a city called Celaya, nearby the gorgeous city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Cargolet stands out in providing a humanist and integrated form of education with a hands on approach.

Colorado State Forest Service Project Learning Tree

CSFS delivers Project Learning Tree's professional development to PreK-12 educators including Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, a workshop, activity guide and music cd for educators of 3-6 year olds.

Colorado State Forest Service Project Learning Tree

The Colorado State Forest Service hosts Project Learning Tree's Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood professional development for early childhood educators and caregivers. We also offer these workshops for grandparents!

Community Children's Center

Community Children's Center is a non-profit, NAEYC-accredited, early childhood parent co-op, with a professionally staffed, quality program for children (1.5-5 years). Our curriculum is play-based with an emphasis on learning with and through nature.

Connecticut Audubon Society

The Connecticut Audubon Society conserves Connecticut’s environment through education and advocacy focused on the state’s bird populations and habitats. Founded in 1898, we operate nature facilities in Fairfield, Glastonbury, Milford, and Pomfret.

Cortland Preschool

Cortland Preschool is a purposefully small, Reggio Emilia inspired preschool, serving ages 3-6 in Chicago's West Bucktown neighborhood. We have a strong focus on urban gardening, and students actively recycle, compost, plant, harvest, and seed save.

Cosley Zoo

The Mission of Cosley Zoo is "To promote the understanding of the relationship among humans, animals, and the environment through recreation, education, and wildlife conservation."

County of Loudoun, Claude Moore Park

Claude Moore Park is a 357acre Loudoun County VA Park with 25 years experience in environmental education programming. Our Visitor Center Discovery Room enhances children's nature exploration. The outdoor Discovery Grove is a nature-based playspace.

Covenant Nursery School

We are a part day preschool that serves children 2-5 years. We have been around for over 60 years, making the decision four years ago to adopt a program wide nature focus when developing our new outdoor space. We are continuing to grow in this area

Dahlem Jackson's Nature Place and Little Acorns Preschool

Part of our mission is to provide environmental education to the people of south central Michigan. As ”Jackson’s Nature Place,” we serve as an outdoor laboratory for school groups and as a place for nature study, quiet reflection and study.

Dakota Science Center

The Mission of the Dakota Science Center is to encourage lifelong curiosity and fascination with science in children, parents, teachers, and the community through discovery, exploration and interaction.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Our education mission at the Dallas Arboretum is to cultivate a connection to nature and inspire environmental stewardship through garden-based experiences, including educational field trips, onsite classes, outreach programs and summer camps.

DDI Starting Early Preschool

DDI Starting Early Preschool has two locations on Long Island, NY and provides services to children 18 months old to 5 years old. One-third of the students are typically developing and two-thirds are preschoolers with a disability.

Delta Environmental

Since 1971, Delta Environmental, formerly Delta Laboratories, has a rich history of environmental advocacy and education with hands-on programs for students and the Rochester Community on water resources and quality.

Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center Preschool

DPNC’s 350-acre sanctuary serves as a living classroom for our preschool. Our comprehensive nature-based curriculum is coupled with unstructured outdoor play every day. Our goal is to educate and inspire children while providing a natural childhood.

Desert Botanical Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is a non-profit located in Phoenix, Arizona. We have a mission that focuses on exhibits, conservation, research, and education.

Discover Nature

We offer hands on nature and animal workshops for children in the homeschool and unschooling community. Workshops are held outdoors on a 120 acre farmland preserve that is secondary to a wildlife sanctuary licensed within the state of NJ.

Discovery Child Care Centre

Discovery Child Care brings nature into the classroom and takes the classroom into nature, offering an environmentally aware foundation of early learning for children, from infants to school-age.

Dodge Nature Preschool

Situated on a 110-acre area of our Environmental Educational Preserve, the Dodge Nature Preschool brings the natural world into the lives of young children. Dodge Nature Preschool serves 3 – 5 year old children.

Drumlin Farm Community Preschool

Children learn through hands-on, nature-based experiences as they explore varied habitats at the sanctuary. Our emergent curriculum provides opportunities for structured & unstructured play to develop cognitive, physical, social & emotional growth.

Early Ecology Forest School

Connecting children and families to nature, community and self. Our Forest Preschool and Kindergarten program serves children ages 2-6 years old.

Early Learning Center of Granger Community Church

The Early Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited, faith-based school for young children 2 1/2 to Kindergarten. Our spaces indoors and outdoors are specially crafted to inspire wonder in young children.

Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)

EPCAMR is an environmental non-profit that restores watersheds impacted by past mining practices; develops partnerships and coalitions with community groups to address community health, and provides environmental education to underserved populations

Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS)

We are a non-profit organization that provides services, support and inspiration to nature-based early childhood programs to advance the field of early childhood environmental education and encourage life-long appreciation for our natural world.

Eastern Ridge School

The Eastern Ridge School is an outdoor, nature-based preschool serving up to 26 children per day. We offer school year and summer programming for hands-on, inquiry-based, community-oriented progressive education on several acres in Northern Virginia.


The EcoTarium offers three floors of interactive exhibits, daily science programs, shows in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, live animals, nature trails, and endless play in the expansive Nature Explore® Outdoor Exhibit.

Educating the Heart with Nature Art

Educating the Heart through Nature Art is a nature-based program designed for Educators wishing to foster love and compassion, creativity and imagination. Nurturing the unique spirit of each child. We also run nature art camps and outdoor classes.

Elachee Nature Science Center

Elachee's Nature Preschool teaches 3-4 year olds, early childhood concepts through hands-on outdoor exploration while encouraging meaningful environmental connections. Located in the 1,400-acre Chicopee Woods Nature Preserve in North Georgia.

Elements Preschool

We encourage interest-led play to help develop curiosity, imagination, empathy and creativity for critical thinking skills by giving children an environment to explore, experience and learn from the natural world while in a highly urbanized landscape

Elevation Children's Center

Elevation’s Outdoor Program is modeled on the forest kindergartens of Germany (Waldkindergarten)-- nature preschools where young children spend their day exploring the outdoors at the Rio Grande Nature Preserve.

Elmhurst Academy

Elmhurst Academy is a private, independent, Reggio Emilia inspired early childhood school. The academy is also a certified Nature Explore School; a Collaborative Program of Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

Emera Astronomy Center - UMaine

Emera Astronomy Center and Jordan Planetarium offers numerous public programs, school field trips, space based birthday parties, and other astronomy/science related activities for all ages. We have a number of programs geared for pre-K to 1st graders

Environmental Design Lab - University of Wisconsin

The Environmental Design Lab is housed in the Dept of Landscape Architecture at the University of Wisconsin. We provide design consultation, professional development workshops and research services related to nature and human health and well being.

Environmental Education Association of Illinois

Providing educator and caregiver professional development opportunities including Project Learning Tree and Growing Up WILD- the organization maintains a vital network that supports and advances quality environmental education throughout the state.

Environmental Nature Center

Serving over 21,000 students and thousands of visitors annually, the ENC is a leader in science and social science education providing opportunities for increasing our community’s knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the natural world.

Everyday Explorers: Early Learning Center

We are located in a coastal fishing town in remote Alaska. We serve families with children from birth to age 6 years old. Our program is rooted in the Reggio Emilia Philosophy and we take our students outside rain/snow/shine 6-7 out of 9 hours a day.

Extra Steps-Outside Urban Adventures

We are an urban outdoor preschool program in the Vancouver, BC. We spend part of our time in the forest as well as in the urban environment of Vancouver.

Eyes of the World Discovery Center

Our Nature Based preschool empowers our students to become creative, independent and critical thinkers. Through Forest play our children develop self-esteem and the ability to overcome obstacles. These skills build the foundation for future learning.

Families for Conscious Living

For 20 years, FCL's nonprofit mission has been to support and empower families exploring a holistic and sustainable way of life. We call this the New Story of Childhood, Parenthood and the Human Family.

FANS of Play

FANS of Play supports and empowers children and people of all ages to create more beneficial play, learning, health and environmental stewardship opportunities. FANS = Fitness, Arts, Nature and Science. FANS = Fun, Accessible, Nurturing and Safe.

Fern Top Nature Preschool

Fern Top Nature Preschool is a Christian nature preschool, located on a small farm, that uses the outdoors as an extension of the classroom to provide hands-on experience and opportunities to explore, play and learn.

Ferncliff Nature School

Our mission is to provide the highest quality child centered education, while strengthening the child’s connection with the natural world through daily immersion and discovery in nature.

Fiddleheads Forest School

The Fiddleheads Forest School is an entirely outdoor preschool program. We believe in supporting the growth of the whole child through attention to their social and emotional development, self-regulation and physical development.

Field & Forest Outdoor Programs

Field & Forest Programs are entirely outdoors, focused on building nature awareness in young children 3-7 yrs. Constructivist methods support autonomy and community, learning, and childhood. Located in Woodinville WA near The Attic Learning Community

Find Us Outside, Inc.

Find Us Outside, Inc. is a non profit organization dedicated to connecting children and their families to the natural world. We offer parent/child classes, preschool programs and events that support the Forest Kindergarten movement in the States.

Firefly Children's Center

We are nature based drawing our main ideas and philosophy from Waldorf principles.

Fledglings Nature Preschool at the Montana Audubon Center

Fledglings Preschool at the Montana Audubon Center is an outdoor-based preschool on site at the Montana Audubon Center, a nature education organization in Billings, Montana.

Forest Preschool at North Branch Nature Center

For more than a decade North Branch Nature Center has put people in touch with the sights, sounds and sensations of the wild within our capital.

Four Seasons Nature Preschool

We are a private nature preschool located in a city park with full access to an indoor nature center and 200 acres of riparian forest. We are proud to be play based and child led. We offer half day classes running September through May for ages 3-6.

Four Winds Nature Institute

Four Winds is an organization advancing the understanding, appreciation and protection of the environment through community-based natural science education and research. Our programs encourage folks to learn about and explore nearby nature.

Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center at California Lutheran University

The Fredrickson Family Early Childhood Center provides a nature-based, hands -on experiential learning program to young children and families of the California Lutheran University community and the community at large.

Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation

Friends of Fresh Pond Reservation (FFPR) is a volunteer citizens' group that works with the Cambridge Water Department and the Cambridge Public Schools to help fulfill the educational and conservation goals of the Fresh Pond Reservation Masterplan.

Friends of Rye Nature Center

The Friends of Rye Nature Center (FRNC) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which offers programs to people of all ages and abilities. We encourage conservation, provide environmental education, and support our community’s access to nature

Friends of the Fells Forest Kindergarten

Forest Kindergarten provides nature-based learning opportunities for children ages 4-6. Children engage in a self-guided exploration of the forest, helping develop their curiosity, critical thinking, and sense of connection with nature.

Frog Pond Early Learning Center

We are a nature based daycare/preschool in Alexandria, Virginia.

Garibaldi Meucci Museum

The Garibaldi-Meucci Museum is a circa 1840 Gothic Revival cottage in Staten Island, New York. It was home to inventor and candle maker Antonio Meucci (1808–1889) and Italian political leader Giuseppe Garibaldi who lived there from 1851-1853.

Gateway Greening

Gateway Greening is committed to educating and empowering individuals to strengthen their communities through community gardening and urban agriculture. Gateway Greening supports 60+ school and youth gardens and 170+ community gardens.

Georgia Growing Up WILD

The Georgia Growing Up WILD provides training and an educator guide (ages 3-7) with 27 units including center and extensions that encourages scientific inquiry, movement, nature exploration, art, and getting outdoors.

Germantown Academy

We are an independant day school ranging from daycare to grade 12 located in the suburbs of Philadelphia.

Get Outside for a Healthy Inside

Our city has 51,000 people. Like Detroit and Flint, Saginaw suffers from the post-auto decline. Crime rates, unemployment and poverty rates are high. There is not one neighborhood park in the city. We hope to revitalize/create parks for citizens.

GGHF Curious by Nature School

GGHF Curious by Nature School is a nature-based early-childhood learning program that brings kids closer to nature in a way that supports their discovery of the wonders of the world we live in. Children explore outside everyday, rain or shine.

Giddy Up-N-Get Up

Giddy Up is a "Farm School" which means we incorporate our farm into our everyday activities with children ages 2-5yrs. All natural Waldorf inspired classroom, organic foods and wooden toys inspire children to enjoy the world around them.

Gilbert Elementary

We are a STEM certified school with 87% free and reduced lunch. We focus on year-long research projects at each grade level. We have 312 acres, a 1,200 gallon indoor aquaponics system and the first forest kindergarten in a public school.

Golden Bridges School

Preschool and Elementary School emphasizing outdoor and gardening education through the lens of Waldorf Education in the city of San Francisco.

Good Earth Farm School

Nature-based education to children in a home-like setting. Activities now absent from most children’s lives are a key part of the curriculum, including: cooking, gardening, outdoor exploration, sewing, woodworking, caring for animals, & housekeeping.

Green Apple Garden Playschool

We are a nature-based playschool, inspired mostly by the Reggio Emilia philosophy. We care for children ages 1-6, using our own curriculum. We keep our curriculum focused on play and outdoor educational experiences. There is also a focus on the arts.

Green Mountain Camp (Wonder in the Woods)

We are a 99 year old summer camp expanding to include an early childhood program. It is our mission to create an environment where children are empowered to believe in themselves through experiences with the natural world and one another!

Greenhouse Montessori School

Our child centered Montessori school for ages 14 months – 6 years is a quaint, inviting learning environment that is located on an acre grassy lot. Our commercially licensed school has a home feel that children feel comfortable in.

Greenplay Cooperative/Little Sparrows Forest School

Greenplay Cooperative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to play-based, nature-inspired learning for young children and their families.

Grow Natural Kids

Grow is a newly formed soon to be non profit organization that believes in every child's right to significant nature connection within care or school day. Our mobility aspect allows our workshops and consultancy to be far reaching within Vancouver.

Growing Up WILD - National Office

Growing Up WILD provides training and a colorful educator guide (ages 3-7) with 27 units including center and extensions that encourages scientific inquiry, movement, nature exploration, art, and getting outdoors. Training available in most states.

Growing Up WILD Minnesota

Growing Up WILD provides training and a colorful educator guide (ages 3-7) with 27 units including center and extensions that encourages scientific inquiry, movement, nature exploration, art, and getting outdoors.

Growing Up WILD sponsored by Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

FWC is the state fish and wildlife agency that sponsors GUW and other wildlife education programs in Florida. GUW provides early learner educator training and a guide designed to engage children in nature through science, math and reading.

Growing Up WILD, sponsored by the DNR and MAEOE

Growing Up WILD provides early learner educator professional development, and a colorful guide, with 27 units including centers and extensions that encourages scientific inquiry, movement, nature exploration, art, socialization and getting outdoors.

Happy Acres Ranch,inc

We are an outdoor child care center and summer camp. We are located in a residential neighborhood on ten acres of woodland and home to a variety of creatures including horses and chickens.

Harrison County Conservation Board

Conservation education programs offered to schools, public programs, community events and located at the Willow Lake Recreation Area with a Nature Encounter Center.

Hartley Nature Preschool

Hartley Nature Preschool's mission is to inspire life-long connections with nature through education, play, and exploration in a premier preschool environment that supports the whole child’s development while preparing children for school.

Hazelwood Outdoor Kindergarten

Hazelwood is a mixed-age, Waldorf kindergarten serving children between ages two to seven. We offer a year-round nature immersion program.

Healthy Community Food Systems

Our Wild School Gardens and Farm to Preschool programs in SW Colorado are part of our overall Healthy Local Foodsheds program which emphasizes ecological sustainability of local food systems especially biodiversity and climate change.

Heartstrong Farm

Heartstrong Farm

Heartwood Forest Preschool

Heartwood Forest Preschool supports the wonder and magic of childhood in the sensory-rich settings of forest and farm. We provide a developmentally appropriate and nourishing environment for the mind, body and soul of the child.

Here We Grow Early Childhood Center

Here We Grow is a Reggio inspired nature school for Toddlers and Preschoolers. Our 2 acre outdoor learning environment is designed for open-ended exploration with teachers serving as facilitators of learning rather than direct instructors.

Hillside House Preschool

We are a small art, nature and science based preschool on 2-acre property with native prairie, orchard, chickens and more to explore.

HomeGrown Nature School

HomeGrown Nature School provides meaningful outdoor experiences in early childhood, in all seasons, to cultivate a deep connection to Nature, a mindful way of life, and compassion for all.

Hooper Avenue ES

We are a large urban elementary school serving 1000 students, grades 1-5 in a high-poverty, high-crime area. We are the first elementary school in LAUSD to receive a certified Nature Explore Classroom. is an award-winning, free access STEM activity website with nearly 4,000 activities for all ages. Activities can be searched by age, grade, cost, time, outdoor or physical activity, and more. Many activities have environmental themes.

Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

The mission of the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum mission is to create responsible caretakers of the natural world through quality, experiential programs for people of all ages utilizing its collection of live native animals and 177 acres of habitat.

Indiana Children and Nature Network

ICAN builds collaborative efforts to encourage children spending time in natural environments. We do this by:Raising awareness of the benefits of time outdoors, Promoting unstructured time outdoors, and facilitating collaborations.

Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife

We are a state government fish & wildlife agency, offering several conservation education programs, including the early childhood program Growing Up WILD.

Inman Park Cooperative Preschool

Inman Park Cooperative Preschool was established in 1981 and provides a loving, fun and safe environment that supports our children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.

Instituto Superior de Educación

I am the owner of an institution that prepares teachers by using the most "nurture by nature" and conscious parenting influence. We also tach to teach based in Dan Siegels model of neurobiology. Trying to shift education by shifting teachers mindsets

Iowa Department of Natural Resources

Workshops help early childhood professionals lead children in age-appropriate, interdisciplinary outdoor inquiry. Participants get strategies, skills, and resources to build on children's sense of wonder about the world around them.

Ipswich River Nature Preschool

We provide young children on the North Shore with early educational experiences that foster the development of the whole child and a lifelong relationship with nature. Emergent curriculum promotes language, math, and social development.

Irvine Nature Center

Irvine is an environmental education organization. Our mission is to educate and inspire current and future generations to explore, respect and protect nature. At Irvine, we guide learning. We live green. We foster respect. And we thrive outdoors.

it Takes a Village

We are new 3 & 4 year old program committed to fostering the relationship between nature and child. We just recently received national accreditation for having an outdoor classroom. We are interested in collaborating with like minded programs

Ithaca Forest Preschool

Ithaca Forest Preschool is a nature-immersion program with a village feel. Four mornings a week, our mentors weave together community, ancestral skills, and abundant child-led play and exploration, creating a deep connection to nature. For ages 3-5.

Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education

Juniper Hill School for Place-Based Education is a preschool and elementary school that connects children to themselves, to each other, and to their communities through studying both natural and human environments.

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is an award-winning natural history museum, located on-campus at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL. Museum admission, as well as all education and outreach services, are offered free of charge!

Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is 1,100 acres of preserved land, with 14 miles of nature trails, interactive exhibits, a nature camp, CSA farm, and more, and provides award-winning education, research, and conservation programs to the community.

Kendal Early Learning Center

Welcome to Kendal Early Learning Center, a Step Up To Quality Five Star rated program, located inside Kendal at Oberlin, in Oberlin, Ohio. Our unique Intergenerational Program with the Creative Curriculum provide a solid foundation to learning.

Kimberton Waldorf School

We are the 2nd oldest Waldorf School in N. America. Our Forest, Farm & Field classroom is our 430 acre campus. We foster a child's capacity to meet the world, others & self with warmth of heart, clarity of thought & strength of purpose.

Kinder Garden Playschool

We are an urban outdoor playschool for children 3-5 years old. We believe that children do best learning through child-lead play, natural exploration and discovery.


Kinderhaus is a Waldorf-inspired, outdoor-based program for 3-6 year olds. We provide a nurturing environment for young children to spend time learning in nature and natural indoor environments through imaginative and cooperative play.

Kinderwoods Forest School

We are a forest school located in Fairbanks, Alaska. Our program is small and young but thriving and meeting a need in our community.

Kinship Care

Family Child Care Center serving children 6 months to 5 years old and their families.

Koru Kids Preschool

Koru Kids Preschool focuses on hands-on learning through Nature and Play. Students are ages 3-5 and they explore the outdoors daily. The curriculum is inspired by Reggio and Waldorf philosophies and emphasizes experiential learning.

LA Nature Kids

Forest Preschool Nature after school Nature vacation camps All our programs are outdoors by the beaches or mountains

Laugh & Learn Preschool

Laugh & Learn Preschool is a child centered, family based preschool with an emphasis on social and emotional development. We have integrated a environmental focus and dedicate time weekly to outdoor exploration and projects.

Laurel School

Laurel’s Outdoor Pre-Primary School provides a curriculum that ensures children are developing the skills necessary for success in Kindergarten while also gaining the resiliency, motivation and creativity that comes from learning in the forest.

Learning Outside

Learning Outside's programs are held entirely outdoors on Triangle Land Conservancy's beautiful 269-acre Irvin Nature Preserve. Our approach integrates the arts, sciences and humanities all with outdoor learning and community-building with children.

Learning Tree Farm

Learning Tree Farm's mission is to provide hands on learning experiences in a traditional farm setting.

Learning Tree Farm Nature Preschool

Learning Tree Farm has been educating Dayton area school children in a traditional farm setting for over forty years. We offer Field Trips, Preschool classes, Saturday events, and Mom & Me classes. In 2016 we will open our new Nature Preschool!

Lettuce Learn

Lettuce Learn is dedicated to providing quality garden-based education programs to children of all ages in a variety of settings. We work with our partners to create garden-based curriculum and garden designs that support and encourage learning.


Early childhood center.We have a large garden on site. We are a preschool with children 2 months old to age 5.

Lime Hollow Forest Preschool

We are an outdoor alternative to traditional preschool. We offer Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning program for 3-5 year olds. Our curriculum is nature immersion and unstructured time in nature. We place a high regard on the power of play.

Little Beginnings Learning Center

We are a learning center, focusing on family and education is a loving and nature based environment

Little friends Preschool

Preschool/daycare/before and after school/summer program facility dedicated to advancing school success based on outdoor education principals.

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool, Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway

Little Hawks Discovery Preschool is a unique nature-based preschool for 3-and 4-year-olds, operated by the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway in Holland, MI. We are located within the ODCMG's nature preserve.

Little Leaf at Andrus-on-Hudson

A nature preschool for 3-5 year olds located on the stunning grounds of a local nursing home.

Little Owls Treehouse

We are an in-home based preschool/child care with a state certified teacher. We provide an outdoor classroom for learning, use a play and nature based curriculum that is driven by student interest, and grow our own classroom garden.

Little People's Learning Center

Little People's Learning Center is the only licensed ELC operating within a National Park. With Yellowstone as our big backyard, we utilize the outdoors as a primary classroom space for each of our students, age 6 weeks - 10 years of age.

Little Sparrows Forest School

We offer play-based, nature-inspired programs for children ages 0-6 and their families.

Little Tree Huggers LLC

Little Tree Huggers LLC is a bilingual eco-green preschool in Leesburg, Virginia. Our goal is to encourage children to connect with nature and one another, care for the environment and celebrate the diversity of our multicultural world.

Loblolly Adventures

Our weekly class for children ages 1-4 and their caregivers gathers at one of Charleston’s wonderful county parks. We begin each session in a welcoming circle with songs, chants, and movements to center and invigorate our minds and bodies.

Los Ninos del Valle Preschool and Child Care Center

Los Ninos del Valle Preschool is a play-based curriculum designed to help children develop a positive sense of self, be active and creative explorers, and in the process become enthusiastic learners.

Luke's Treehouse

Early learning center for ages 0 to 5 years. We have a certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom.

Lyon Arboretum

The Lyon Arboretum is a tropical rain forest botanical garden with almost 200 acres of amazing plants, places and people. The Arboretum is a unit of the University of Hawai`i with a mission of education, research and community service.

Magnolia Nature Preschool

We are a nature preschool that operates during the academic school year for children ages 3-5. During the summer we operate a nature day camp for children of the same ages.

Marvelously Made - the School for Young Children

We are an experience-based school for children 3 years old- 3rd grade with a commitment to children having the freedom to play and learn in outdoor environments as well as indoors. Spending time in nature is vital to a child's healthy development.

Mary Evans CDC

We are a high quality early care and educational program for children 6 weeks through 6 years old. We have a natural playscape that the children use daily.

McKinney Byrd Academy

A state approved nonpublic S.T.E.M. school primary focus on being friends to our Planet Earth.

Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

MSEEC is a collaboration of Pacific Science Center and the City of Bellevue, Washington. We operate programs serving children from preschool through high school.

Merrohawke Nature School

Merrohawke Nature School, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, provides meaningful outdoor education programs ashore and afloat, for all ages, in all seasons, to inspire a deep connection to land, sea and self. Programs include Forest Kindergarten.

Messiah Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten

We are a Christian early childhood program that services preschool and Kindergarten students ages 2-6. We offer before and/or after care to accommodate busy schedules. We believe that children learn best through play and discovery.

Miami Nature Playschool

Nature-Based, Parent and Child, Cooperative Program serving families with children age 13 months through 10 years.

Miles of Smiles Nature Junior Kindergarten

We are a nature based full day Reggio influenced program for ages 3-5. Our program creates the opportunity for children to fall in love with nature and find a spark to love learning.

Mississippi Museum of Natural Science

The Mississippi Museum of Natural Science is a nationally accredited Museum located in LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson, MS. Its mission is to connect visitors to the natural world. It supports the early childhood curriculum "Growing Up WILD".

Montana Audubon Conservation Education Center

The Mission of Montana Audubon is to promote appreciation, knowledge, and conservation of native birds, other wildlife, and their habitats. Founded in 1976, Montana Audubon has built effective programs in public policy and education.

Montessori Beginnings School

Montessori program serving toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten in a child centered, nature based environment.

Montessori School of the Tetons, Inc

We are a small Montessori Preschool located in Jackson Hole, WY.

Montezuma Audubon/ Seneca Meadows Environmental Education Center

Audubon Center partnered with a regional landfill to present environmental programs to the public centered on a beautiful 600 acre wetland preserve. Our Family Nature Club is one of our popular programs we offer.

Mountain Village Charter School

The Mountain Village Charter School is a public, tuition-free, elementary charter school. Our mission is to nourish an educational community engaging the child through a nature-based, Montessori approach.

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center

MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center includes 160 acres of farm, field, forest, and pond within an urban setting. Our educational offerings include "Farm Sprouts," a farm and nature-based preschool program.

Mt Lebanon Elem School

PreK-4th Public School

Mud Puddles and Dandelions Nature Preschool

We are a Nature based preschool that follows the philosophies of Waldorf Education, LifeWays Early Childhood Programs, and Peace Education. We focus on the personal, emotional, and social development of the child through a natural holistic approach.


The Murinda community preschool is initiative of the community of Bururi to develop preschool for primary located near forest surrounding Kibira forest on the shore mountain of Lake Tanganyika.

My Friends Christian Child Care & Preschool

My Friends CCC & Preschool is a state licensed and nationally accredited full day family child care and morning multi-age preschool with the first Certified Nature Explore Classroom of it's kind in Minnesota.

My Nature School at Tamarack Nature Center

Tamarack Nature Center partners with White Bear Lake Area Schools in providing Early Childhood and Family Education (ECFE) and Play at My Nature School. The ECFE program revolves around nature – learning from it, about it and being immersed in it.

Natick Community Organic Farm

NCOF is a nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education. The Forest Gnomes Waldkindergarten offers an outdoor nature-based program in a classroom without walls that changes with the seasons.

Natural Beginnings Early Learning Program

Natural Beginnings is a year-long program for children ages 3-6 designed to promote learning by providing an environment that encourages discovery and experimentation.

Natural Foundations

We are a not for profit social enterprise encouraging children to get outside to play, enjoy the natural environment and have fun!!

Natural Learners Preschool

We support natural, developmentally appropriate learning. We are hands on and into messy, exploratory play! We nurture our students in a Christian environment within my loving home and immersed in the wonder of nature on our little farm.

Natural Learning Initiative

We are a research and professional development unit promoting the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.

Natural Start Preschool

Natural Start Preschool is a unique nature-based preschool program that focuses on the whole child through creative explorations in nature, art, music, play, and kindergarten readiness activities.

Naturally Inspired Child

Child led early learning environments inspired by the philosophies of Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and Montessori featuring nature based play and materials for ages 0-5. Also includes summer programming.

Nature 4 All

Nature Nuts encourages children’s understanding and appreciation of nature, community and self.Through exploration, adventure and creative play, children work together in small groups gaining knowledge of plants, animals, and survival skills.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Founded in 1966 we are 501.(c)3 non-profit environmental education center located in an urban park. The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes conserves a natural area, connects people with nature and inspires environmental stewardship.

Nature Connect

Our mission is to cultivate curiosity, compassion, and connection with all life.

Nature Explore

Nature Explore supports your important efforts to connect children with nature by offering outdoor classroom design services, workshops, natural outdoor classroom products, family resources, a sustainability network, and research.

Nature Explorium @ Middle Country Public Library

Middle Country Public Library is proud to offer the Nature Explorium, an outdoor learning space for children and families. The Nature Explorium contains a variety of areas, all geared toward connecting children to different aspects of nature.

Nature Kids Preschool at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center

Nature Kids Preschool at the Tualatin Hills Nature Center is a nature-based preschool for kids ages 3-5 to connect to the environment via hands-on, experiential learning and curriculum that includes daily exposure to nature and the changing seasons.

Nature Nest

Nature inspired early childhood education for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years.

Nature Nurture, Inc.

Nature Nurture:an early childhood, nature-based character education program where children learn and practice the art of honoring all living things, including others and themselves while developing respectful relationships with friends and the Earth.

Nature Nuts Family Nature Club

Nature Nuts is a family nature club that was started by my mother in 1984 for my immediate family. In it's next generation, it is now a club that meets weekly with six families and our children. All meetings are parent-led, free, and outdoors.

Nature Play Learning

Nature Play Learning offers concept design and curriculum consultations, professional development training, and project management services to help you maximize the potential of nature play landscapes from concept to installation to pedagogy and use.

Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age

The Nature Preschool at Heart Centered Multi-Age is a child-centered outdoor preschool program held in partnership with the Slim Baker Foundation for Outdoor Education, Inc. Our playbased curriculum is designed specifically for 3 and 4 year olds.

Nature Preschool at the Environmental Nature Center

The ENC Nature Preschool will offer children a high quality learning environment that meets their developmental needs while initiating them into a life-long, meaningful relationship with the natural world.

Nature Walk Montessori School

We are an environmental Montessori school located in an old apple orchard. We nurture young children's innate love of learning while fostering respect and a caring attitude to nature and all living systems. We serve children from birth to 6th grade.

Nature's Mystery Awareness School

Nature’s Mystery Farm & Forest Kindergarten programs are based on the time-tested and highly successful European models of outdoor education, which stem from indigenous place-based models from around the world.

Nature's Theater

Nature's Theater creates stories and activities to inspire youth’s appreciation of the Natural world and the outdoors, compassion towards others and active involvement with community. Youth engage as participants or mentors with our books as tools.

Nature's Way Preschool

The Kalamazoo Nature Center's Nature's Way Preschool is an award-winning nature preschool located on nine acres that serve as an extension of the classroom, allowing children to experience daily nature walks and natural playground spaces.


At NatureBridge, we foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet. NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens, as well as programming for families.

Natured Beginnings Early Childhood Education and Care

When it comes to your children's learning here we are Nature and Steiner inspired we aim to do this by using our hands, heart, mind, and spirit. "growing the natural way"

Natureplay Co-op

Natureplay Co-op is a grass roots, parent-run organization that fosters