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

Bloomers FFC

I am starting as an in-home Family Child Care with a Nature-Rich program. I am currently writing my business plan to expand and bring more children to nature. We are nature-based, child-led and venture out just about everyday!

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.

Bullfrog Films

Over the last 43 years, Bullfrog Films has become the leading US publisher of independently- produced, environmental DVDs & videos, that point the way to living healthily, happily, and with greater concern for the other inhabitants of this planet.

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.

Centre for Environment Education

Centre for Environment Education (CEE) established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence in EE is a national institution engaged in developing programmes and material to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development.

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.

cityLIFE nature kits

cityLIFE nature kits is an alternative education program that uses seasonal nature concepts to seamlessly integrate a variety of other subjects. The lessons and activities are hands-on and student led.


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

Creatures in the Wild

Based at the Woodchuck Hill Field & Forest Preserve. Thanks to the CNY Land Trust we are able to return to the same land for classes. There is a new theme every week to keep things interesting and educational.

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.

Discovery Gan

English-language daycare center in Tel Aviv, Israel.

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 Explorers Child Care and Learning Center

We offer STEM/STEAM based curriculum that engages a child's natural wonder about the world around them to develop their understanding of the natural world. We use a natural playground developed specifically to immerse the child in nature.

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 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides nature-based training to educators who facilitate outdoor learning experiences with young children.

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.