Check out our February Newsletter! It's jam packed with must-read articles and info. Start with our feature story and learn seven practical strategies for incorporating nature-based learning into your existing preschool or childcare center. Then be sure to read our Member Spotlight on Prescott College's Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. And don't miss the job opportunities, how to register your interest in our upcoming international World of Wonder conference, the newest Alliance members, upcoming professional development events, how to submit a proposal for the 2018 NAAEE conference in Spokane, and finally learn how to participate in a graduate student's survey of nature schools. And if you have news you'd like to share with the early childhood environmental education community, let us know.
The Early Childhood Educator/Naturalist is a dynamic and energetic individual, with proven experience leading programs for young children. The Early Childhood Educator/Naturalist will be responsible for the development and delivery of environmentally based programming for young children. This includes toddler/preschool and kindergarten programming.
NatureStart™ is a professional development program that trains informal educators in museums, zoos, aquariums, and nature centers, along with other professionals who interact with young children and families, to develop and facilitate early childhood nature play programs, create play settings for nature-based early learning, and engage and interact with young children and their families to foster lifelong connections with nature.
Date and Time:
Monday, April 9, 2018, 9:00am to Saturday, April 14, 2018, 4:00pm
Lots of news and valuable sharing this month--so settle down with a cup of holiday cheer and dig in! Be sure not to miss the Call for Proposals for our annual conference--due January 12th; a link to our very popular webinar on Kindergarten Readiness; a feature story on learning to care for one's personal needs while playing outdoors; a member spotlight on SHP Leading Design about planning your outdoor space; results of the most comprehensive survey of nature preschools and forest kindergartens conducted to date in the U.S.; a list of our many new members; in addition to job opportunities and professional development events! And be sure to have a Happy Holiday!
Join an international lineup of presenters and be a part of the World of Wonder: An International Nature-Based Early Learning Conference, taking place on August 1-4, in Chicago! The Natural Start Alliance invites you to submit a proposal for a 60-minute presentation or a 90-minute workshop. We are seeking individual or joint proposals on teaching, administration, and research in the nature-based early learning field. The deadline to submit a proposal is January 26, 2018. Find all of the details at https://www.thewonderconference.com/proposals.html
Through generous donations to the Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Education Fund, the Cleveland Metroparks are able to host a three-part speakers series this winter on various topics surrounding Nature-Based Preschools.
Date and Time:
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 7:00pm to Saturday, February 24, 2018, 8:30pm
A new national survey of nature-based early childhood educators found that the number of nature preschools and forest kindergartens operating in the U.S. is at an all-time high. The study, conducted by four associations serving early childhood professionals, identified more than 250 nature preschools and kindergartens across the country – a 66% increase over the previous year’s tally of 150. The programs serve approximately 10,000 children every year, and eight out of ten programs reported that they started a waiting list in the previous twelve months.
Save-the-date for the 2018 nature-based preschool conference in Chicago! Read about the new volume of International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education and editor, Dr. Yash Bhagwanji. Learn how to build a movement to help young children connect with nature and care for it. Get updates on upcoming events, job opportunities, and more.
IJECEE Vol. 5 (1) publishes scholarly articles pertinent to the education of all young children (birth to eight years), and is available in print or for free download. Environmental Education: Addressing, Issues, Policies, Practices, and Research That Matter
Learn about the Role of Place in nature-based early childhood education. Get tips from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts about using nature and the outdoors to promote children's development and growth. Meet new members, check out the latest professional development and job opportunities.
Read the August Newsletter and learn about an E-STEM public school that offers half-day nature preschool programs, meet other new members, and check out the latest professional development opportunities and job openings.
The Darien Nature Center, in Darien, CT is hiring Part-Time Environmental Educators for the 2017-2018 school year. We are seeking talented and enthusiastic individuals who have a passion for nature to teach in our preschool enrichment programs.
This is a great opportunity for educators who have a passion for nature and love sharing its wonders.
Get updates on the Nature-Based Preschool National Conference in Seattle on August 2-5. Read a story about nature experiences playing a central role in children's moral development. Hear from the director of a holistic early childhood program in New York. Learn how to help us collect research findings, testimonials, and policy examples that support early childhood nature-based learning. Check out professional development and job opportunites, and more!
Read the latest edition of Natural Start's News! We offer a great "how-to" guide for advocating for young children; announce open registration for the National Nature-based Preschool Conference in Seattle; list lots of job opportunities; share our newest Member Spotlight: Tiny Explorers in Oregon who organizes Meet-ups for parents and young children; plus lots more news!
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, a prominent environmental education provider for the Philadelphia area, seeks a seasoned professional to lead Nature Preschool and guide the school’s related programming.
Do you love kids? Would you like to invest in the future of our country by helping young minds to develop and grow? Yosemite National Park Child Care Center is looking for bright, enthusiastic, caring people to work with some of the smartest, funniest, cutest kids you will ever meet! No teaching credential required, just a big heart and a passion for learning. We are hiring for teachers in Yosemite Valley, CA and El Portal, CA.
Do you love kids? Would you like to invest in the future of our country by helping young minds to develop and grow? Yosemite National Park Child Care Center is looking for bright, enthusiastic, caring people to work with some of the smartest, funniest, cutest kids you will ever meet! No teaching credential required, just a big heart and a passion for learning and the outdoors. We are hiring for teachers in Yosemite Valley and El Portal, CA.
Sharing Nature is something that occurs most substantially through play...exploring...trying...doing. This article, with permission and compliments of Marghanita Hughes and Tom Shea, provides us with further affirmation of the importance of "nature play."
Learn about programmatic considerations when establishing a nature preschool. Hear from this Seattle preschool providing a safe, supportive, accessible, and innovative place for children of all abilities. Learn how to promote your programs and/or services at Natural Start Alliance's Nature-Based Preschool National Conference in Seattle. And check out the latest news and job opportunities.
Both Carly and Rach work at Riveredge Nature Center in Wisconsin and what makes their story interesting is Riveredge’s (and two other centers) drive to hire different ability interns. Why? Well because inclusion means everyone.