Nature preschools are a growing trend in education, and Natural Start is happy to support the role they play in developing happy, healthy children. If you are a nature preschool or want to help support the work they do, join our Alliance to help this movement grow.
Council of Nature and Forest Preschools
Nature-based education professionals in the Natural Start Alliance are working together to support the growth and development of nature and forest preschools through the newly formed Council of Nature and Forest Preschools. If you'd like to take on a leadership role in the field, work closely with other nature-based education leaders, and help accelerate the growth and development of the field of nature-based early childhood education, consider joining the Council today. This is an all-volunteer effort that is supported by the Natural Start Alliance.
The new association provides services, support and inspiration to nature-based early childhood programs in the Eastern US, from Virginia to New York. Read more
Peter Dargatz is a nature kindergarten teacher at Woodside Elementary, a public school in Sussex, Wisconsin Read more
Outdoor classrooms might seem like a challenging environment in which to provide early literacy instruction, but they are also a source of unique opportunity. Read more
We sat down with Lia Johnson, the founder and director of Little Tree Huggers, the first bilingual eco-green preschool in Leesburg, Virginia. Read more
Cedarsong Forest Kindergarten's director, Erin Kenny shares her journey of learning about what it actually means to provide immersive preschool experience in an outdoor woodland habitat, and takes us deep into the rationale, philosophy, approach and day-by-day management realities of being authentically in the outdoors. Read more
Environmental education expert David Sobel joins with a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program. Read more
Prescott College has received a $100,000 grant from the George B. Storer Foundation to establish a Center for Place- and Nature-Based Early Childhood Education. The Center will train preschool instructors with an emphasis on working with children outdoors in nature. Read more
The three-year grant from the National Science Foundation will build professional support for teachers and continue research into early childhood learning in PlayScapes. Read more
Turning Sun School, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has two campuses with a community of over 200 families. Our campuses are located on very different settings: one in an urban neighborhood, and one on 13 acres of forest. Turning Sun is inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and place-based education. The children, teachers, and parents work on year-long projects together following the methods of the project approach. Read more
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