Feature Stories

June 2016

Jenn Leibham

There are three seasons in nature preschool in Wisconsin: Fall, Winter, and MUD.

May 2016

Ken Finch

Childhood nature play advocate Ken Finch shares strategies for making nature play easy so that families can make it part of every day.

April 2016

Joshua Sneideman, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator

A seasoned STEM educator shares his tips and tricks for exploring energy outdoors with young children.

March 2016

Lauren Maples

When children learn mindfulness, they can access this state of being when life becomes stressful and overwhelming. It's an often-overlooked skill that can keep children balanced and successful for a lifetime.

South Shore Natural Science Center

February 2016

Christy Merrick

Nature and forest preschools have garnered the attention of the national media in recent months. Find out how you can help advance the movement even more.

January 2016

Megan Gessler

How a day of animal tracking turned into a weeks-long inquiry that built sensory experience, critical thinking, and determination in a class of four-year-old inventors.

Tiny Trees

December 2015

Natural Start

We looked back across the year to see what most engaged our community across some of our digital platforms in 2015.

Janice Swaisgood

November 2015

Janice Swaisgood

The Children and Nature Network uses Family Nature clubs to break down common barriers to getting families out in nature on a regular basis. Find out how you can create a Family Nature Club in your community.

October 2015

Christy Merrick

At NAAEE's 2015 conference, early childhood education was deeply embedded throughout the program, demonstrating how far the field has come over the past 20 years.

September 2015

Charles Yaple

This month, the outdoor education journal Taproot published this interview with Natural Start's director.