• 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: Parent Infant Center

    This NAEYC-accredited, West Philadelphia program connects children to nature rain or shine and helps other Philadelphia educators incorporate outdoor play and learning into their own programs.

  • Photo by: Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

    The Importance of the Between Time

    The "between times" in a school day are much more than a way to transition from one activity to the next and are essential to children's learning and development.

  • 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!

  • Register for Our 2019 Conference!
  • Member Spotlight: Parent Infant Center
  • The Importance of the Between Time
  • Put Your Program on the Map!

Bright Ideas

Association of Zoos and Aquariums at the 2019 Natural Start Conference

There are more than a dozen nature preschools and many more early childhood programs at zoos and aquariums across the country. Hear from several zoo and aquarium professionals at the 2019 Natural Start Conference! Read More

Advocating for Nature-Based Early Care and Education

What is advocacy? And what does it look like in action? These resources will help you to make the case for the importance of nature in young children’s care and education, and to expand access to high-quality programming for all children. Read More

Parents Guide to Nature-Based Early Learning

When adults model respect for nature, encourage a sense of wonder and curiosity, and allow time for outdoor play, young children begin to develop a relationship with the natural world that can last a lifetime. Read More

Feature Story

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

The Importance of the Between Time

The "between times" in a school day are much more than a way to transition from one activity to the next and are essential to children's learning and development. Read More

Member Spotlight

Photo by: Megan Guare

Kindergarten students at Newington Elementary wanted to green their school, and they literally took matters into their own hands. The students worked together with their teacher to turn a bare, muddy patch of ground in front of their school into a welcoming garden. Read More