Early Childhood Nature Resources


Early Childhood Nature Resources

This group is a place for all of us who love nature and young children to share resources we have found to be helpful and inspiring. Please post stories, programs, workshop materials, handouts for parents, books, links, and photos.

Website: http://www.hookedonnature.org
Members: 118
Latest Activity: Dec 6, 2017

Words of Wisdom

Teaching children about the natural world
should be treated as one of the most
important events in their lives.
Thomas Berry, Dream of the Earth

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense
of wonder, he needs the companionship
of at least one adult who can share it,
rediscovering with him the joy, excitement
and mystery of the world we live in.
Rachel Carson, A Sense of Wonder

Discussion Forum

Forest School Educators Training in Australia

We are opening a forest school in Port Macquarie, NSW and we're very interested and keen on having some training. It seems like Claire will only be back to Australia in September but is anyone else…Continue

Started by Sybil Juzwiak Doyle May 20, 2015.

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens 1 Reply

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens WorkshopJoin us for a great One-Day Intensive Workshop on Nature Preschools and Kindergartens.  Claire Warden and I will be hosting this workshop on Nature…Continue

Started by Paul Roberts. Last reply by Juliet Robertson Jan 11, 2013.

Nature Preschools 22 Replies

We are just about to start our second year of our Little Sprouts nature based early learning center and I just wondered if any of you guys are doing this and if you have any BIG ideas for us to…Continue

Started by Debbie Greene. Last reply by Janine Carpenter May 5, 2012.

Join us for our International Green Schoolyard Conference: Sept. 16-18, 2011, San Francisco Bay Area

As many of you know, the green schoolyard movement is growing rapidly and flourishing around the world.  Schools near and far are reimagining their grounds, replacing their extensive paved surfaces…Continue

Tags: environment, nature, conference, green, childhood

Started by Sharon Danks Jun 20, 2011.

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Comment by Kari on January 5, 2011 at 7:56am

Thanks Juliet,

Make sure you check out Juliet blogs for outdoor ideas.  Please also check out the twitter hashtag #playoutdoors for great ideas and news.


I think the workshop would be of interest for teachers as well as for parents.We will focus on getting outside in the winter and how to be prepared for the weather and what to do outside.

Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on January 5, 2011 at 7:11am

Hi Patricia, wonderful to see your blog and that your getting kids in touch with nature. I work at an environmental preschool and write an article bi-monthly for the City of Aspen's Kids First newsletter. My main focus is how to simply connect kids with nature. I understand the time involved in snow clothes! Winter is a great time to do tracking, we took old blocks of wood, foam sheet (the kids love to cut it) and made our own track stamps. I did realistic ones and the kids did their own, we looked at books to see if we could identify who's tracks they were. The Library has many great books! Science with snow and ice is great too, the list go's on! If you would like to email me I can list some great tracking books, and more ideas at  wildwoodschool@comcast.net    Maybe your work will catch on and they'll do more in the classroom on a daily basis. 

Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 4, 2011 at 4:10pm

Stephanie- Sounds good.  How do I go about it?  I didn't see a way to do it on the website.


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 12:24pm
I love your site - would love to do a linkshare and include you in our newsletter.
Comment by E skeaff on January 4, 2011 at 12:20pm
http://outdoorbabynetwork is a resource for parents who do outdoor activities with kids
Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 11:41am
Hi - sorry, we would love to send materials to you at no cost. Sorry, should have made that more clear. We keep a reserve for classroom and teachers so please let me know if that helps. Cheers to you!
Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 4, 2011 at 11:03am

Thanks, Stephanie- cute Chipper website and I will get back to you.  I have no budget right now, but may in the near future. Keep your fingers crossed!

And thanks Juliet! Your blog is very interesting and I will explore it more.  I think I will need to have a suitcase in the near future so I don't stress my back.

Thanks again,



Comment by Juliet Robertson on January 4, 2011 at 10:46am

Hi Patricia


Great blog! It's always good too read other teacher's blog.


I understand your predicament - I'm an occasional sub teacher and so I carry a portable "grab'n'go" set of resources. I use a mixture of wheeled suitcases (2) and bags called SmartsackPeg bags that children can carry out independently - down stairs, through doors etc as the handles slip onto the children's arms.


I also bring the outside in, quite regularly. A lot of the posts on my blog may be of use and have a look at my blogroll index - some very inventive and real "Power Bloggers" inc Kari Svenneby below. 


My blog is called "I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!" and it's a little more general than being purely nature based. 


Best wishes


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 4, 2011 at 10:41am

Hi Patricia,

Chipper is based in Marin but we do a lot of activities in the schools. I'd love to send you a kit. It's great to do stretching and singing exercises and we also encourage teachers to download the coloring pages on our site for a life size Memory Game. The above would take a half hour. Please look at our little ambassador of the great outdoors and email directly if I can send you some things - stephanie@iagmedia.net Cheers to you!

Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 4, 2011 at 10:30am
I am a preschool teacher in Minnesota (not where my picture was taken- that's in Mexico!). I teach a class for preschoolers called Ms. Pat's Nature Club.  I would like to invite you to check out my blog at patriciagilkerson.blogspot.com and help me out with ideas and suggestions.  Each class (4 in all) gets approximately 30 minutes every other week for activities and this time of year, we have to do inside things.  My half hour would be completely taken up by putting on coats, boots and snowpants if we went out!  Most of the ideas I get from books are for extended activities or projects that there is no room for.  I don't have my own classroom and have to tote everything with me.  Ideas? And thanks, in advance!

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