Monthly news from the Natural Start Alliance.

June 2017

Welcome to the monthly newsletter of the Natural Start Alliance. If you have news you'd like to share with the early childhood environmental education community, let us know.
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Join Us in Seattle!

There is still time to register and join nature preschool professionals from over 30 U.S. states and Canadian provinces at the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference on August 2-5! You will learn about:

-- Nature Preschools 101: business planning, licensing programs, and more;
-- Teaching in nature-based settings: strategies, curricula, and documentation;
-- Nature-based program administration: fundraising, marketing, and more;
-- Latest research on early childhood environmental education.
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Learning to Care: The Promise of Experiential Learning in Nature for Young Children

The author of our June Feature Story argues that 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. Read on.
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Member Spotlight

Bija Kids

Bija is a holistic early childhood program in New York with a focus on mindfulness, the arts, social justice work, food, and farming. Its founder and director, Lauren Maples, shares some tips and examples for incorporating mindfulness into any early childhood program. Read on.
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Help Make the Case for Nature-Based Early Childhood Education

The Council of Nature and Forest Preschools seeks volunteers interested in collecting research findings, testimonials, and policy examples that support nature-based learning in early childhood. Find out how you can help.
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Professional Development Events

Check out these and other conferences, workshops, and other events for early childhood environmental educators on the Natural Start website's Events page:
  • Project Seasons for Young Learners: Cultivating Joy & Wonder, July 11-14, Shelburne, VT;
  • Nature Explore Leadership Institute, July 23-26, Nebraska City, NE;
  • ECO Institute Summer Course: Standards-Based Nature Immersion Graduate Course for Preschool Educators, July 24-28, Montpelier, VT.
Chippewa Nature Center


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