• Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook

    Now available! This essential resource from nature-based education experts across the US explains how nature-based programs are safe, effective, and inclusive.

  • Photo by: Tiny Trees Preschool

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

    This year, Washington became the first state in the US to license outdoor preschools. Learn how what's happening in Washington can serve as a model for advocacy in states across the country.

  • Photo by: The Planet Discovery Centre

    Member Spotlight: The Planet Discovery Centre

    Learn about The Planet Discovery Centre, a nature-based program in Gujarat, India. At The Planet, children learn to care for themselves and the world around them, building a foundation for lifelong environmental literacy.

  • 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!

  • Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook
  • Licensing Outdoor & Nature-Based Preschools, In Washington State and Beyond
  • Member Spotlight: The Planet Discovery Centre
  • Put Your Program on the Map!

Bright Ideas

Webinar: Washington Outdoor Preschool Pilot Program

Join Natural Start and Aliza Yair for an overview of the Washington Outdoor Preschool Pilot Program, followed by a brief Q & A. Read More

2019 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference Recap

In August 2019, Natural Start gathered over 300 nature-based early learning professionals from 41 states, 5 countries, and 3 continents. Here we look back on the event and all the things that made it great this year, including an inspiring keynote address from Dr. Peter Gray, laugh out loud selfies, field trips, and so much more! Read More

Resources from Dr. Peter Gray

Download resources from the 2019 Nature-Based Early Learning Conference. 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

Brooklyn Forest School

Brooklyn Forest offers classes in New York City parks for young children and their caregivers. Read More