• 2018 Conference Call for Proposals

    Be a part of our annual conference for nature preschool educators, administrators, and researchers! The call for proposals for the 2018 World of Wonder: An International Nature-Based Early Learning Conference is now open!

  • National Survey of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens

    The number of nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating in the United States is at an all-time high. Read all of the findings of our comprehensive survey of the field.

  • Member Spotlight: SHP Leading Design

    SHP Leading Design provides architectural and landscape architectural services to many educational institutions. We asked two of the firm's architects to tell us about their approach to the design of spaces for early learning.

  • Put Your Program on the Map!

    Check out Natural Start's new searchable map and list to see schools and organizations that are part of the Alliance. Join today to put your program on the map!

  • 2018 Conference Call for Proposals
  • National Survey of Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens
  • Member Spotlight: SHP Leading Design
  • Put Your Program on the Map!

Bright Ideas

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens at Record Numbers in the U.S.

Nature-based preschools and kindergartens continue to rise in popularity in the United States. A national survey of nature-based early childhood educators conducted in 2017 identified more than 250 nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating across the country. Read More

Forest Days Evaluation Report Documents Benefits, Key Ingredients

A recent evaluation report on the Forest Days initiative in Vermont and New Hampshire schools finds that programs not only support academic learning but also offer numerous social, emotional, physical, and community-level benefits to participants. Read More

Chicago Zoological Society Announces 2018 NatureStart™ Course

NatureStart™ is a week-long professional development program focusing on skill development for educators who work with young children in zoos, aquariums, and nature centers. Read More

Feature Story

Building a Movement to Help Young Children Connect with Nature and Care for It

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. Read More

Member Spotlight

Woodland Star International School is situated among lush tea fields in Kenya's highlands. The school is Reggio Emilia inspired and takes a project approach to learning so that children can explore nature and sustainability. Read More