Feature Stories

January 2018

Monica Wiedel-Lubinski

How do you incorporate nature-based learning into an existing preschool or childcare center? Here are seven practical strategies that will help you get started.

December 2017

Catherine Koons Hubbard

Learning to care for one's personal needs while playing outdoors is not always easy but it teaches children the skills they need to navigate new situations, think through problems, and develop strength and coordination -- the very foundations of later success in the classroom.

October 2017

Emilian Geczi

How do we bring moments of wonder and care for nature into many more young children’s lives? Emilian Geczi argues that we need to combine empowering messages with effective engagement strategies to give more adults the confidence to share the wonders of the natural world with young children in everyday life.

September 2017

Kit Harrington

Nature-based education is, by definition, place-based education. And no matter where we are, when we enter into a classroom, we bring our place, and the history of that place, with us.

June 2017

Anne Grall Reichel

Nature experiences can play a central role in children's moral development. But we need to start by modeling caring practices and sharing our own sense of wonder and responsibility for the natural world.

April 2017

Christy Merrick

Do you want to become an advocate for young children? Learn three key lessons that will help you harness the power of your inner advocate.

March 2017

Rachel A. Larimore

Are you considering opening a nature-based preschool? Here are some ideas for thinking through the programmatic decisions you will need to make.

January 2017

David Catlin

Business planning consultant David Catlin shares what it takes to develop a business plan for a nature preschool that can take you from a great idea to a successful school.

Fiddleheads Forest School

November 2016

Joanna Wright

Outdoor classrooms might seem like a challenging environment in which to provide early literacy instruction, but they are also a source of unique opportunity.

October 2016

Gwen Dewar, PhD

Research suggests that active exploration wires the brain, and helps kids develop powerful intuitions about concepts central to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.