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Bright Ideas

Take the #OutdoorsAll4 Challenge this Winter

Take the #OutdoorsAll4 Challenge This Winter

Tinkergarten is aiming to get families outdoors for 2 hours per week over the next 10 weeks. Will you take the pledge? Read More

The Stories You Loved in 2019

From popular resources to play-focused policy, take a look at the topics and trends that caught the attention of Natural Start members in 2019. Read More

Webinar Recap: Washington Outdoor Preschool Pilot

In a webinar hosted by Natural Start, Aliza Yair provides an overview of the Washington Outdoor Preschool Pilot Program, followed by a brief Q&A. Read More

Feature Story

Photo by: Tiny Trees Preschool

Licensing Outdoor & Nature-Based Preschools, In Washington State and Beyond

In October 2019, Washington became the first state in the country to license outdoor preschools. Kit Harrington, former director of Fiddleheads Forest School and founder of the Washington Nature Preschool Association, helped to develop Washington's outdoor preschool licensing standards. In our latest Feature Story, Kit reflects on what this development means for the field of nature-based early learning and how what's happening in Washington can serve as a model for future advocacy. Read More

Member Spotlight

A Primary Photo Journalist records her partner's work during an activity to create bird feeders for the school yard.

Robin Long

A Primary Photo Journalist records her partner's work during an activity to create bird feeders for the school yard.

'Kids Afield' is a collaborative project developed by three teachers at an N-12 Independent School that uses technology (specifically kid-cameras) as a focus tool to connect K-1 students to nature. Started in September of 2012, in its second year we hope our model can be exported to other schools and groups working with young children in natural environments. Read More