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: 117
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 Sarah Shealy on February 21, 2011 at 10:56am

Hi Patricia and Tina,

I'm glad the book sounds so perfect for your kids! It's such a lovely story. You should be able to find the book at your local bookstore, or you can order it from Amazon.com, Powells.com, etc. The Arbor Day Foundation has great resources on their website as well: http://www.arborday.org/shopping/sourcebook/.


Kathryn Gailbraith has another book coming in April that's a lyrical story about nature's ability to plant her own garden through seed migration. When that one is available, I'll be sure to post about it here!


All best,


Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on February 19, 2011 at 11:25am
Thanks Sarah, I'm teaching a preschool class called Nature Nuts that will focus on trees for 4 weeks. It ends coincidentally, the Friday of Arbor Day, so we will have an Arbor Day party.  I can't wait to check out the book and activities!
Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on February 19, 2011 at 9:38am

This looks like a great book with many components to it. Thanks, I'm always looking for age appropriate books! Where do I buy a copy? The website has all the great information, but no link to purchase it.

Thanks a million!


Comment by Sarah Shealy on February 19, 2011 at 9:15am

Hi everyone! I posted this message on the Natural Teachers Network wall and John thought you all should see it too! Here goes:

Hi all! I am a children's book publicist and pop in from time to time to let you know about appropriate books and materials to enhance your curriculum about the natural world. I'm working on a book called ARBOR DAY SQUARE by Kathryn Galbraith for ages 4-8. If you're doing anything for Arbor Day in your classroom, you might be interested in this free curriculum guide for the book: http://tinyurl.com/4p3xmcm

You can definitely adapt parts of the guide for younger children and family activities.



Comment by Suz Lipman on February 12, 2011 at 9:51am
Hi Eunice! Welcome to C&NN Connect. I'm glad you found us. You will find lots of resources here, along with English and Spanish speakers. I suggest you join our International C&NN group. There is also a Natural Teachers Network. Both are wonderful for sharing. Our web site, www.childrenandnature.org, contains a lot of research and news about the children and nature movement and nature-deficit disorder. I hope you visit here again soon!
Comment by EUNICE MURUA FIGUEROA on February 12, 2011 at 1:43am
Hi everybody, well I just joined, and i hope I learn very much about your work, I am sure Iwill, as you can read I do not speak very much english but I try, I would really appreciate if you coud give me suggestions for my work, in Mexico there is no information about connecting children to nature and I work in environmental education I do it every day with kids from kindergarden through high school and I ignore if there is a research about how to identify the nature deficit disorder, and how to do it?  any help? thanks
Comment by Patricia Rowe Gilkerson on January 6, 2011 at 7:05am

In addition to teaching preschool, I am also a writer.  I have a manuscript for a picture book intended to get kids enthusiastic and excited about all the things they can do in nature outside. I wrote it mostly because I wanted one to read to my kids at school.  Here's the question: does anyone know a publisher who might be interested?

Thanks in advance,


Comment by Stephanie Rach-Wilson on January 5, 2011 at 9:22am

Amazing morning with kindergarten and first grade classes this morning. There were streaks of pink and a whispy white cloud hovering over the mountain and I couldn't resist but called everyone out to see.


We gathered to imagine what the shape could be - "A bird with a very long wingspan hovering over it's nest," from the mind of a five year old won the votes.


It took just ten minutes - a few great inhales of fresh air - and kids went back to class with the biggest smiles. The great reminder: always have your camera and it only takes a moment to connect and be inspired by nature! Have a wonderful day everyone!

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. 


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