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New Journal Issue Focuses on Greening Early Childhood Education

October 21, 2014

This special issue of Children, Youth and Environments explores the outcomes associated with bringing nature into early childhood education and the benefits it provides for early development. Read More

New Campaign Challenges Families and Schools to Reclaim Down Time

October 1, 2014

The Alliance for Childhood and Reel Link Films have launched a campaign to start a national conversation about our priorities for children and families. Read More

Farewell to Natural Start's South African Fellow

September 26, 2014

Mandela-Washington Fellow Cindy-Lee Cloete shares her impressions of her fellowship with Natural Start, and what new ideas she's bringing home to South Africa, where she is a young environmental leader. Read More

NAAEE Conference to Include Twenty Early Childhood Sessions

September 25, 2014

At this year's NAAEE's annual conference, education for young children is playing a bigger role than ever, with a huge variety of sessions related to early childhood environmental education. Read More

Take a Tour Inside (and Outside) a Nature Preschool

September 23, 2014

A Natural Start member shares a video tour of Kalamazoo Nature Center's Nature's Way Preschool. Read More

New Guidelines to Bring Nature Play to Every Community

September 23, 2014

New guidelines define nature play places; explain how to plan, design, and manage them; and explore ways to bring them to children and families in every community. Read More

Working Forum on Design and Nature: Designing Inspiring and Effective Spaces for Children

September 18, 2014

Join architects, landscape architects, planners, educators, environmental educators, funders, and elected officials in a first-of-its kind event to explore high-level universal principles in designing effective spaces for children. Read More

Nature-Based Preschool Conference Brings Field Together

August 29, 2014

For only the second time ever, a Nature-Based Preschool Conference designed specifically for the nature preschool professionals was held this month in Kalamazoo, MI. Read More

Let’s Create an ECHO across America: Every Child Healthy Outdoors

August 28, 2014

New tools are available from the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to help you work with your political leaders to get children back outdoors. Read More

Environmental Education's Largest Annual Gathering Is Coming Soon!

August 27, 2014

Environmental education's longest-running and largest annual gathering is coming soon with the NAAEE annual conference, held this year in beautiful Ottawa. Early-bird registration ends on Friday! Read More