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C&NN Natural Teachers Network


C&NN Natural Teachers Network

Welcome to the virtual gathering place of the Natural Teachers Network. 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.

Website: http://www.naturalteachers.org
Members: 368
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago

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 http://childrenandnature.ning.com/page/frequently-asked-questions.
The goal of the Natural Teachers Network and this website 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 on the Natural Teachers Network home pages and 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

Infants and toddlers in nature 2 Replies

Hello. I am a 5 star  licensed family child care home provider in NC. I believe in letting even the youngest child explore nature. Infants and toddlers learn through their senses and nature is such a…Continue

Started by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam. Last reply by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam Jan 6.

Music and the outdoors 7 Replies

I'm wondering if  you know of any resources connecting music to  the outdoors ?Continue

Started by Kari. Last reply by Vanessa Taylor Gilliam Jan 6.

printable kiosk materials

Hello, All.I am searching for printable enviro ed materials geared towards the general public, for posting in a series of information kiosks.  Specifically, 1 or 2 pagers--containing seasonal…Continue

Started by Eric gehring Dec 23, 2014.

Children's and Teen Health Summit

Our very own Cheryl Charles will be presenting at the ONLINE Chiildren and Teen Health Summit that begins Monday, November 3rd! The event is online, and  you can listen whenever you want during that…Continue

Started by Carla Atherton Oct 31, 2014.

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Comment by Paul Roberts on March 29, 2013 at 8:05am


Forgot to post a VERY important developement for the Children Learning with Nature Conference May 29 - June 1st.  C&NN's own Richard Louv will be our Keynote speaker at the conference on Saturday, June 1st, connecting in via Skype.  We are very excited that he will be a part of this great event.

Comment by Paul Roberts on March 29, 2013 at 7:58am

Registration and interest in our Children Learning with Nature Conference and Training Institute scheduled for May 29 - June 2 at UC Berkeley has been exceptionally high.  Claire Warden and I are so grateful for all the support and help our network of colleagues are providing.

There is still some space left at this point. The conference website is:  Children Learning with Nature. We also have an active dialogue going on at our Facebook page. Please "Like" the page and contribute to the dialogue.

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 29, 2013 at 7:46am

Read all the latest NATURAL TEACHERS news, blogs and resources.


Comment by Deanna Fahey on March 24, 2013 at 6:38pm

Hello Paul,

I am looking for people to join my board.  Once I have that I can get together the other things I need to become a non-profit.  I will definitely take your suggestions.  Good luck on your project as well.



Comment by Paul Roberts on March 24, 2013 at 1:33pm


Depends on how your program is organized.  Are you relying on partners for funding, staffing or both?

Besides a business plan you need to get your articles of incorporation filed with the State and then file for your non-profit 501(c)3 status with the IRS.  Finnacial partners may not take you seriously until you are an approved non-profit.

Present your idea to local service groups like Kiwanis and Rotary at their regular meetings (They are always looking for speakers).  They are often a source of volunteers and may have ideas on whom to turn to.  They may often help with a small amount of funding as well.  Have a speciofic request in mind when approaching them. Also since its a nature program appraoch an local conservation groups and also the local school district and charter schools in the area.  With their written support supporters will likely come out of the woodwork.

I am doing a similar thing myself having formed a non-profit, The Chilplay Institute for a new Nature Preschool and Training Center out here on the West Coast.  Right now I am stuck trying to get the lease finalized.  The site is a beautiful 23 acre nature preserve of which I am trying to rent one acre.  Since it is a Recreation District though their are lots of steps to the process and it is taking a  long time.

Test the idea out on folks who have good judgment.  Have them try and put holes in the plan to strengthen the ide and the exceution.

Hang in there.  If its a good idea it will bear fruit, just may take 3x as long as you hoped.

Comment by Deanna Fahey on March 24, 2013 at 12:20pm


I am in the beginning stages of creating a non-profit nature program for inner city kids in Maine. I have a business plan drafted up already but am having difficultly finding partners.   I am new to non-profits and would love any suggestions as to how to move forward.  


Comment by Suz Lipman on March 24, 2013 at 8:53am

NATURAL TEACHERS: 10 Ways You Can Add Vitamin “N” to your Classroom & Beyond. This is a wonderful, resource-filled blog from Richard Louv:


Comment by Suz Lipman on March 15, 2013 at 9:10am

Great opportunity: San Francisco Corps for Education Outside announced its 2013-14 applications. SF's is the first service corps program in the U.S. dedicated to transforming urban public schools into centers of 21st century experiential learning, sustainability and innovation.


Comment by Suz Lipman on March 14, 2013 at 7:59am

Thought you'd be interested in this story:

Classroom in the Pines. Maine teacher does his part to ensure that no child is left inside when it comes to learning.


Comment by Suz Lipman on January 15, 2013 at 1:19pm

National Parks Trust just announced its Kids to Parks Day School Contest. Classroom Scholarships are available to $1,000. 

The entry deadline is Friday, Mar. 1. Kids to Parks Day, an annual celebration, is May 18.

More info here: http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/national_park_trust_an...


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