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Natural Start Forum: Flourishing in Nature

November 2, 2020

View a recording of a forum featuring Professor Julie Ernst's research on the impact of nature preschools on young children. Read More

NatStart Forum: Taking Preschool Outdoors

September 8, 2020

Join Natural Start on Tuesday, September 29 at 4 pm ET for a conversation about reopening nature preschools during the pandemic. Hear from several program directors who have transitioned their schools to be 100% outdoors this fall, followed by Q&A and discussion. Read More

Safety and Healthy Risk-Taking in Nature-Based Education

September 4, 2020

Enjoy a two-part session on safety and healthy risk-taking in nature-based programs, presented by Anne Stires and Amy Butler. The goal of these two sessions is to provide examples of the practices outlined in the Safety section of the Nature-Based Preschool Professional Practice Guidebook, which was written collaboratively by Anne, Amy, and Kit Harrington. Read More

Resources from the Community

August 6, 2020

Browse resources shared by organizations in the field of nature-based early learning and environmental education. Read More

Outdoor Learning: A Solution for Schools During COVID 19

August 6, 2020

Hear from a panel of experts who share the hows and whys around outdoor learning as a response to reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More

Nature preschools continue impressive growth across US

July 7, 2020

A new report from Natural Start reveals outdoor, nature-focused preschools have grown 25-fold over the past decade. Read More

Tiny Essay Series Wrap Up

April 27, 2020

As a way to stay connected, we asked nature-based professionals to share how they were feeling, good or bad, in 500 characters or less. Read these tiny essays for a glimpse at how the field is coping with quarantine. Read More

Natural Start COVID-19 Forums

March 31, 2020

Natural Start has organized several forums for nature-based early learning professionals to discuss happening across the field and think together about where we are and where we're going. Read More

Out of the Vault: Stories that Feel Relevant Today

March 31, 2020

Enjoy re-reading these stories from the Natural Start archives with a fresh perspective. Read More

The Benefits of Becoming a Member of the Alliance

February 28, 2020

Learn about the benefits of signing your organization up as a member of the Natural Start Alliance. Read More