March news from the Natural Start Alliance.

March 2017

Welcome to March news from the Natural Start Alliance. If you have news you'd like to share with the early childhood environmental education community, let us know.
Children investigating plants.

Program Considerations for Establishing a Nature Preschool

Are you considering opening a nature-based preschool? Author and Natural Start Advisor Rachel Larimore shares some ideas for thinking through the programmatic decisions you will need to make as part of your broader business plan, starting with establishing a program philosophy and concluding with financial planning. Read on.
Student and educator at Seattle Children's PlayGarden.

Member Spotlight

Seattle Children's PlayGarden

Founded on the core principles of Adventure Play, Garden to Table, and Full Inclusion, the PlayGarden is a one-acre urban oasis designed to be a safe, supportive, accessible, and innovative place for children of all abilities to play, learn, and grow. We asked Liz Bullard, the PlayGarden's Executive Director, to tell us more about it. Read on.
Conference sponsorship flier.

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities

The Nature-Based Preschool National Conference provides a unique opportunity to promote your services, programs, or products to leaders in the nature-based preschool movement, including teachers, administrators, researchers, advocates, and other professionals. A variety of sponsorship levels are available, and exhibitor spaces are limited, so be sure to act quickly to reserve your space. Learn more.
News from the Field.

News from the Field

  • An article in Cleveland Magazine provides an eloquent review of the benefits of nature-based early childhood education.
  • Natural Start and the Children & Nature Network are coordinating networking sessions and roundtable conversations on helping young children connect to nature and care for the environment at the upcoming Children & Nature Network International Conference.
  • Chicago-area members and supporters are invited to a free film screening and panel discussion, facilitated by Natural Start, on what we can do in our schools and communities to provide children with opportunities to play and learn in nature.
Professional development events.

Professional Development Events

Do you know that you can find an updated list of conferences, workshops, and other events for early childhood environmental educators on the Natural Start website? Check out upcoming events in Connecticut, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, and many other places, and share your own offerings with the Natural Start audience!
Little Hawks Discovery Preschool
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