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Join Natural Start at NAEYC in Dallas!

October 29, 2014

Will you be at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 2014 Conference in Dallas this November? If so, be sure to connect with Natural Start while you're there. Read More

Outdoor Experiences Build Confidence and Environmental Stewardship in Girls

October 22, 2014

A new report from Girl Scouts finds that time spent outdoors boosts girls' confidence, problem solving, and environmental stewardship. Read More

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