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Bright Ideas

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

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

Feature Story

Photo from The Nature Preschool at Irvine Nature Center

Outdoor Learning in Public Schools

As nature preschools and forest kindergartens continue to grow in popularity across the US, an increasing number of parents and educators are asking the question, “How can nature-based learning continue into elementary school?” While there isn’t any one answer to this question, we asked two veteran outdoor educators, Amy Butler and Eliza Minnucci, to facilitate small group discussions on the topic. Here you'll find a summary of what we discussed and suggested resources from Amy and Eliza. Read More

Member Spotlight

Child's Play Family Child Care

At Child's Play Family Child Care in Connecticut, children and adults are invited into an outdoor play and learning space that's Nature Explore certified and created to nurture both children and adults. Read More