Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

Secretary Jewell Announces Initiative to Connect Youth to the Outdoors

March 28, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order to significantly expand recreational, educational, volunteer, and career opportunities for millions of youth and veterans on the nation’s public lands. Read More

Boston Conference Focuses on Nature-Based Learning in Urban Settings

March 5, 2014

The In Bloom in Boston: Best Practices in Urban Nature-Based Early Childhood Education conference will be held on Tuesday, May 13, at Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center in Mattapan, Massachusetts. Read More

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens are Blooming at New Hampshire Conference

March 5, 2014

In Bloom: Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education, the third annual Nature Preschool/Forest Kindergarten Conference, will be held May 16-17 at Antioch University New England (AUNE). Read More

Obesity Rates in Young Children Drop Dramatically

February 26, 2014

The latest CDC obesity data, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, show a significant decline in obesity among children aged 2 to 5 years. Read More

Add Your Voice to the Conversation in Ottawa

February 25, 2014

NAAEE is now accepting proposals for its 2014 Conference in Ottawa, Ontario, and encourages submissions related to early childhood education. Read More

NSTA Adopts Position on Early Childhood Science Education

February 6, 2014

A position statement adopted by NSTA affirms the importance of learning science and engineering practices in the early years to foster children's curiosity and enjoyment in exploring the world around them and to lay the foundation for science learning throughout their entire lives. Read More

Earn a Certificate in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

February 6, 2014

Starting this summer, Antioch University New England’s (AUNE) Department of Education will offer a certificate in nature preschool/forest kindergarten professional development. Read More

Support Childplay Institute's Crowdfunding Campaign

January 17, 2014

You can help deserving educators attend the Children Learning with Nature Training Institute. Read More

Support the Strong Start for America's Children Proposal

January 10, 2014

A significant proposal is being discussed in Congress that would give children a stronger start, and our states and communities more prosperity. Read More

Recycled Holiday Craft Ideas from our Pinterest Board

December 12, 2013

Crafts are a great way to reuse everyday materials, and they keep crafting costs low while also reducing waste. Here are five of our favorites from our Pinterest board. Read More