Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

Association of Zoos & Aquariums Awards 30 Nature Play Grants

July 25, 2014

The “Nature Play Begins at Your Zoo & Aquarium” grants to zoos and aquariums will encourage conservation education through family nature play. Read More

San Antonio Zoo Celebrates International Mud Day

July 18, 2014

Enjoy photos of the messy learning that took place at the San Antonio Zoo's celebration of International Mud Day on June 29th! Read More

5 Tips for Camping with Kids

July 17, 2014

Taking the kids on a camping trip? These tips from the Outdoors Alliance for Kids will help make the trip a little easier. Read More

Irvine Nature Preschool Conference, Inside and Out

July 17, 2014

Preschool director Lesley Romanoff reflects on this year's Nature Preschool Conference at Irvine Nature Center. Read More

Tell Congress to Keep Children and Families Healthy Outdoors

June 28, 2014

Lend your voice to support legislation that would ensure that children have opportunities to improve their health and learn about the environment by spending time outdoors. Read More

Summer Courses in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education at Antioch University New England

June 28, 2014

Courses in nature-based early childhood curriculum and childhood and nature are being offered this summer, and more courses are coming this fall. Read More

Register Now for the Nature-Based Preschool Conference

June 27, 2014

The Nature-Based Preschool Conference is a professional gathering to provide nature-preschool educators with resources, connections, and inspiration to enhance the world of nature play and education. Read More

Summer Sun Safety Tips

June 13, 2014

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, just one blistering sunburn during childhood doubles a person's the risk for developing skin cancer later in life. But their are simple ways to protect children from the heat and sun of summer so they can enjoy summer's long days outdoors. Read More

Children in Small and Urban Spaces Need Nature Too!

May 22, 2014

It only takes a small bit of space and little to no money to bring a rich amount of nature into your program. Read More

New Legislation Aims To Connect Children and Families with the Outdoors

May 21, 2014

Today, Congressman Ron Kind (D-WI) and Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) introduced the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, legislation that would support state, local and federal strategies to reconnect Americans with nature, improve children’s health, and support future economic growth and conservation efforts. Read More