Bright Ideas - The Natural Start Blog

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

New Professional Development Class Targeted Specifically for Nature-Based Early Childhood Educators!

February 17, 2015

The Chicago Zoological Society’s Nature Start program, along with Kid Links Unlimited, has created a unique professional development workshop designed specifically for early learning nature-based educators. Read More

No Child Left Inside Act Introduced with Bipartisan Support

February 11, 2015

Today, Senators Jack Reed (RI-D) and Mark Kirk (IL-R) and Congressmen John Sarbanes (MD-R) and Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-R) introduced legislation aimed at improving environmental education in our nation’s public schools. The No Child Left Inside Act would provide grants to school districts, support teacher training and promote the integration of outdoor learning into the school curriculum. Read More

Save Your Printer Ink! IJECEE Is Now Available in Print

January 29, 2015

The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education is now available in print, and Natural Start members and supporters get 50% off. Read More

Need Ideas for Encouraging Nature Play? A New Free Guide Is Available

January 29, 2015

A new guide from The Pennsylvania Land Trust Association explores why nature play is important, its essential characteristics, and what organizations can do to restore children's play. Read More

Share Your Voice! NAAEE Call for Presentations is Open

January 29, 2015

NAAEE is seeking proposals for the nation's largest and longest-running conference for environmental education. Read More

New Research on the Benefits Greening Early Childhood Education

January 14, 2015

New research reported in Children Youth and Environment's continuing special section on greening early childhood education demonstrates the wide-ranging benefits of education in, about, and for nature and the environment. Read More

Top Five Stories of 2014

December 30, 2014

We've checked the stats and collected the top five most-viewed stories from Natural Start for the year. Here's your chance to catch any that you might've missed. Read More

Join a New Initiative to Bring Nature into Preschools across the Country

December 17, 2014

Natural Start and the National Wildlife Federation are working together to advance policies that support early childhood environmental education, and you can become involved. Read More