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David Sobel to Keynote Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

April 30, 2015

Author and educator David Sobel will deliver the keynote presentation at the 2015 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference. Read More

Tails Up! App Takes Family Nature Play Online

April 29, 2015

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has released a new app designed to engage families in play that benefits wildlife. Read More

Registration is Open: 2015 Nature-Based Preschool National Conference

April 29, 2015

Register early to secure discounted registration for early childhood educators and administrators. Read More

Bringing Environmental Education to Head Start Classrooms

March 31, 2015

This week, Natural Start partnered with Nature Explore and Project Learning Tree to offer a workshop on early childhood environmental education for Head Start educators. Read More

New State Outdoor Learning Regulations Enacted in Texas

March 27, 2015

The Texas Workforce Commission has just approved precedent-setting regulations that provide financial incentives for childcare centers with natural outdoor play and learning settings. Read More

Call for Manuscripts: International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education

March 24, 2015

Whether you're a seasoned academic or a new educator, you can contribute to the research base in environmental education for young children. Read More

Deadline Extended for NAAEE Conference Proposals

March 24, 2015

Do you need a few more days to submit your proposal for the NAAEE conference in San Diego? You now have until Friday, March 27th! Read More

Why the Common Core State Standards Matter

February 27, 2015

A new report argues that requirements for reading in kindergarten pose significant risks to children who are not ready to read at age five. Read More

President Obama Commits to Getting "Every Kid in a Park"

February 26, 2015

This major new commitment to get kids outdoors will offer fourth graders and their families opportunities to enjoy our public lands free of charge. Read More

Chicago-Area Educators: Nature Play Conference in May

February 20, 2015

The Chicago Botanic Garden and Alliance for Early Childhood are happy to announce the second annual "Inspiring Nature Play: Digging Deeper" conference to promote nature play. Read More