Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

Webinar: Nature Days in K-3 Classrooms

November 30, 2018

What does nature-based learning look like in public K-3 classrooms across North America? Watch a recording of our webinar from December 12, 2018, to find out! Read More

Save the Date for Our 2019 Conference: July 31-August 3

October 1, 2018

Join us in Manchester, NH, for engaging presentations, experiential workshops, site tours, and professional networking with nature-based early childhood professionals from around the country and beyond. Read More

Early Childhood Environmental Education at 2018 NAAEE Conference

September 24, 2018

Are you planning to participate in the North American Association for Environmental Education's 47th Annual Conference (Oct 9-13, 2018)? Check out these sessions with a focus on the youngest audiences. Read More

Watch Claire Warden's Conference Keynote, "I Wonder Why?"

September 4, 2018

Claire Warden reflects on the links that connect nature pedagogy in all of its forms across the world, as teachers learn with children inside, outside, and beyond. Read More

Getting Nature Preschoolers Ready for Kindergarten

November 29, 2017

How do nature-based early learning programs support growth across the development domains and foster skills that prepare students for kindergarten? Join Natural Start Alliance members to discuss this topic in an upcoming webinar and Twitter chat. Read More

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens at Record Numbers in the U.S.

November 17, 2017

Nature-based preschools and kindergartens continue to rise in popularity in the United States. A national survey of nature-based early childhood educators conducted in 2017 identified more than 250 nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating across the country. Read More

Forest Days Evaluation Report Documents Benefits and Key Ingredients for Success

September 5, 2017

A recent evaluation report on the Forest Days initiative in Vermont and New Hampshire schools finds that programs not only support academic learning but also offer social, emotional, physical, and community benefits to participants. Read More

Chicago Zoological Society Announces 2018 NatureStart™ Course

September 1, 2017

NatureStart™ is a week-long professional development program focusing on skill development for educators who work with young children in zoos, aquariums, and nature centers. Read More

Help Make the Case for Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

June 28, 2017

The Council of Nature and Forest Preschools seeks volunteers interested in collecting research findings, testimonials, and policy examples that support nature-based learning in early childhood. Read More

Your STEM Questions Answered

February 23, 2017

Fiddleheads Forest School follows up with educators to answer questions about STEM teaching in the outdoors. Read More