• Register for Our 2019 Conference!

    Join us this summer in Manchester, NH for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond.

  • Member Spotlight: Squaxin Island Child Development Center

    After being approached by their state licensor in 2016, the Squaxin Island Child Development Center began their journey to open their first licensed, outdoor preschool class.

  • Put Your Program on the Map!

    Check out Natural Start's new searchable map and list to see schools and organizations that are part of the Alliance. Join today to put your program on the map!

  • Salmon Speaks: Affirming Children's Voices

    Natalie Lucas argues that, by listening to children and providing them with opportunities for exploration and meaning-making, educators can affirm their perspective, agency, and, indeed, expertise on caring for the environment.

  • Register for Our 2019 Conference!
  • Member Spotlight: Squaxin Island Child Development Center
  • Put Your Program on the Map!
  • Salmon Speaks: Affirming Children's Voices

Bright Ideas

Hiring Nature Preschool Teachers: Insights from the Field

Early last fall, we published a Feature Story, “Finding Great Nature Preschool Teachers: What to Look For During the Interview,” and asked professionals in the field to share their expertise. This follow up article from Anna Dutke combines insights from four nature preschool directors on how they structure their hiring process in order to identify the best candidates. Read More

Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education

Review NAEYC's draft recommendations for educators, administrators, teacher educators, and policymakers to promote equitable learning opportunities for all children. Read More

Webinar: Making the Case for Affirming Children's Voices in Early Childhood Nature-Based Initiatives

Young children have the right to a say in matters of relevance to them. Our collaborative webinar with the Children & Nature Network presents evidence and advice for affirming children's voices in research and practice. Read More

Feature Story

Salmon Speaks: Affirming Children's Voices

Natalie Lucas argues that, by listening to children and providing them with opportunities for exploration and meaning-making, educators can affirm their perspective, agency, and, indeed, expertise on caring for the environment. Read More

Member Spotlight

An E-STEM public school district near Minneapolis now also offers half-day nature preschool programs. We were naturally curious to find out more! We asked Anna Dutke, Nature Preschool Teacher and the programs’ developer, to share with us the impetus behind the programs and any advice she gives to new teachers. Read More