Feature Stories

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.

Dodge Nature Center

September 2016

Kit Harrington

Relive the 2016 conference with a participant who is tasked with bringing the conference to Seattle in 2017.

Photo by Hanoi Photography

August 2016

Gwen Dewar, PhD

Today's children don't spend enough time outside, but whose fault is that? If we want to fix the problem, we need to consider the ancient support networks that helped our ancestors cope.

Schlitz Audubon Nature Center

July 2016

Catherine Koons Hubbard

If we showed children's messy moments--the cries and frustrations, the disgust, or worry--in our Facebook feeds, would we have a more complete and accurate picture of life with children in the outdoors?