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Natural Start Hosts Policy Summit in Washington, DC

December 18, 2015

This month, Natural Start hosted a meeting in Washington, DC, to bring together key partners in advancing the movement to get young children outdoors in childcare settings. Read More

AZA Announces a Webinar Series on Family Nature Play

December 1, 2015

Environmental education professionals are welcome to join these free webinars on connecting families to nature through play. Read More

Call for Presenters: Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

November 30, 2015

Share your experience, provoke discussion, and share resources at the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference this August. Read More

New Research in Early Childhood Environmental Education

November 30, 2015

The latest issue of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education is now available for free online. Read More

Ten Questions: Sharing Nature with Children

November 28, 2015

Tell us what you need to know to improve your professional practice in environmental education for young children. Read More

Save the Date: 2016 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

September 4, 2015

Mark your calendars now to join us in the Twin Cities August 15-17, 2016 at Dodge Nature Center. Read More

Updates from Claire Warden

August 30, 2015

Claire Warden is set to release a new book, and her team shares updates from their busy summer. Read More

Dispatch from Kuwait: Lime Trees Spur Inquiry in a Desert School

August 30, 2015

Our friends at The Blue Waves School on the coast in Kuwait sent this update on a summer project investigating, and harvesting, limes from trees around their school. Read More

Michigan Public School District Adds Nature-Based First Grade Classes

July 30, 2015

Thanks to a major new grant, Bullock Creek Public Schools are planning to expand their Nature Kindergarten program to first grade. Read More

First Step to Water Conservation: Wonder

July 19, 2015

Author, educator, and educational consultant Patty Born Selly shares tips for water play that helps children begin to appreciate how important water is to them. Read More