Natural Teachers

Welcome to the virtual gathering place for Natural Teachers. A Natural Teacher is any educator who uses the natural world as a powerful learning environment—whether the subject is biology, writing, art, or any other.

Members: 384
Latest Activity: Nov 23

Every teacher can be a Natural Teacher.

Think of this forum as a break room full of your peers ready for a conversation, a place where you can share ideas and ask for suggestions, where you can be engaged, creative, and encouraged. The subject: How to use the natural world as a classroom to improve your students’ health and well-being, including cognitive ability and attitudes toward learning. The objective: Inspire action, individually or in groups.

Like any meeting place where diverse opinions and concerns are shared, the discourse here must be civil. For further guidance on the “rules of engagement,” please see a set of Frequently Asked Questions located at

The goal is to encourage more teachers to connect their students with nature and to provide a forum where Natural Teachers can share their knowledge and views. Collectively, Natural Teachers can have a profound impact on improving the lives of children, and, in some schools and communities, that is already happening.

Please participate actively, and encourage others to join. Get together face-to-face as well.

You'll find tools and resources throughout the larger Children & Nature Network website.

The Children & Nature Network Leadership Team will monitor this NTN Group web site from time to time, to respond to ideas and encourage action. Thank you for your commitment to children.

Discussion Forum

Have an Ecoliterate Year!

Hi Folks,I wanted to share our new blog post with you. Have an Ecoliterate Year!(Warning: Compound sentences…Continue

Tags: outdoor, education, environmental, ecoliteracy

Started by Dwain Wilson Sep 10.

Using the Schoolyard to Focus on Literacy Concepts 3 Replies

   I am very interested in exploring how the schoolgrounds are being used to develop the various skills and content that are included in a literacy curriculum. Too often we concentrate outdoor…Continue

Started by Herb Broda. Last reply by Tonya McLean Jun 30.


As I was reading a lot on C&NN for the last many years , I started my own campaign in Asia especially in Pakistan and some other South East Asian countries. Our program is all about connecting…Continue

Started by Erum. Last reply by Eleanor Walters Jun 19.

Puerto Rico: Sea Turtle Nesting and Immersive Ecology and History

Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers, Students, and Passionate Conservationists!  Sea turtle nesting in Puerto Rico -- a unique and privileged opportunityHi--I am a mother of two young…Continue

Started by Kimberly Marshall McLean Mar 3.

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Comment by Susie on January 31, 2015 at 9:14am

Thanks Karen!!!!

Comment by Karan Barber on January 31, 2015 at 7:17am

Try and

Also great information for after school programs

Also Check out or your state environmental education organization.

GREAT idea & Good luck!

Comment by Susie on January 31, 2015 at 5:26am

Hi there!  I am a teacher in NYC and I am interested in starting an after school program connecting children to nature- basically primitive skills, nature games, sit spot, etc... I am thinking I probably have to start a nonprofit, but I have no idea where to begin- any suggestions?  

Comment by Geoffrey McMullan on January 19, 2015 at 4:31am

Here is a game I use with children you can have hours of fun with this: /Free%20Game%20Pick%20a%20Colour.pdf

You will find more resources with this link:

Best wishes


Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:55pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link:

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Louise E Edsall on January 6, 2015 at 7:27pm

Hi I am an environmental educator that has taken my hobby and passion for honeybees to work with Sweet Virginia Foundation to bring the world of the honeybees into the classrooms of our kids. We also offer a real beekeeper experience at our flower farm and honeybee sanctuary for the kids. We teach them all about the honeybee biology, hive dynamics, pollination role, honeybee conservation and planting bee-friendly gardens.  It is wonderful to be among so many like-minded teachers.

Comment by Lia Grippo on November 30, 2014 at 3:06pm

Dear friends,

After 23 years in the field and 16 years tending a forest kindergarten, allow me to present the Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teacher Training. With a combined 60+ years of experience, Kelly Villarruell, Erin Boheme, and I offer in-depth and experiential training in nature connection, woodland skills, and the art of mentoring in the context of early childhood development. Check it out. Offer feedback. Spread the word.

In gratitude,

Lia Grippo

Founder/ Lead TeacherWild Roots Forest School

Comment by Gerhardus John van der Merwe on October 29, 2014 at 5:29pm

Nice to meet you. John here. I started a children's club as an educational tool to help kids reconnect with their natural roots here in southern Japan. (CUBS children's club). I teach a variety of things to kids in the club, but nature is the best teacher by far and is the main focus of our studies. As far as I know this is the first children's club in this prefecture (Oita) and most probably the only one in the southern part of Japan! The club's structure is based on the natural hierarchy of wolves. Children enter the club as omega wolves and work their way up to alpha. (Junior members must learn to respect the older members. At the same time the senior members must realize their responsibility in leading the younger ones.) In Japan kids are suppressed by a dead educational system that severly stunts their physical and mental growth. I am implementing a variety of activities and studies in the children's club to help kids overcome some of the problems they face each day. I know I can keep in touch with people here who want the best for their children's future.

Comment by Kris Antonius on October 14, 2014 at 7:43pm

Hi all,

Excited to be here and connect. I already see so many amazing projects and people! My thing is creating resources for teachers and homeschooling parents to get their kids learning in and about nature. You can check out my site at 

Comment by Victoria Fortune on August 15, 2014 at 5:45pm

Hello fellow educators! I'm interested in finding collaborators/partners for e-book projects, or less specifically, anyone in need of illustrations or graphics specific to interpretation, nature, biology, or botany. I wish to connect here specifically because of my particular interests and experience in nature and outdoor education.

I have a certificate in Scientific Illustration from UCSC Extension and prior to that, a background in Environmental Studies and Natural History. I've been trained in ECE and Elementary Education (methodology, curriculum and developmental psychology).  

I'm a skilled fine artist with ability in a range of media, my favorites being watercolor and oil pastel. Portfolio samples and more about me can be found here. I also have experience creating vector illustrations, charts and maps. 

Please contact me if you have any interest or other suggestions. 

Thank you!



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