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: 424
Latest Activity: Apr 3

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

Survey for educators in informal learning environments

Are you a natural teacher in an informal learning environment (nature center, botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, museum, library, etc.)? I am currently a PhD student at the University of Washington. As…Continue

Started by Emily Holm Tobin Apr 3.

Professional Development Courses In The Field

Ecology Project International is offering 7-9 day field-based professional development courses for educators focused on providing tools and methodologies to bring Next Generation Science Standards…Continue

Started by Caitlin Gill Jan 14.

Health and Wellness Programs in Nature

I'm hoping to tap into the group's expertise...We are a new wetland park, and we are just starting to create our programs. We want to focus some of our programs on health and wellness activities, and…Continue

Started by Tricia LeBlanc Jul 26, 2019.

CAMPference Teacher Nature Conference & Retreat

CAMPference Teacher Nature Conference is on again August 2nd – 4th 2019 in…Continue

Started by Tania Moloney Jun 19, 2019.

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Comment by Lia Grippo on June 30, 2013 at 8:59pm
Greetings Folks,
The 2nd annual Reaching Nature Connection conference provides a weekend of experiential outdoor learning for adults, developing skills, ideas, and new ways of seeing outdoor education for the young child.  The conference
presenters have over 60 years combined experience educating children in Nature's classroom.  
This conference helps educators and mentors deepen their own relationship with Nature and translate their wonder, curiosity, knowledge, and skill in the context of the magical world of the young child.
A storytelling workshop focused on guiding and
teaching through the art of telling tales has been added with a $30 discount for conference attendees.
Please join us and help spread the word!

For more information or to enroll, visit our


Early enrollment discounts end July 3rd.

In aticipation,
Lia Grippo

LeadTeacher and founder,  Wild Roots School>

Comment by Kari on June 25, 2013 at 9:19am

Hi all,

Here is a new e-book From Andrea Gordon and The Star.

Forest Kids:
Why the Modern Classroom is Moving Outside

By Andrea Gordon
Forest schools have long flourished in Scandinavia, Germany and Britain. They are places where children learn through free play, movement and hands-on experience in nature. Now, Canada is exploring the benefits of outdoor learning. Sangster Elementary in Colwood, B.C., launched its joyous Nature Kindergarten last fall, and now outdoor preschools, kindergartens and primary programs are popping up throughout that province, as well as in Ontario and New Brunswick. Why? Because there’s mounting evidence that nature enhances children’s health, learning and confidence while cutting down on behavioural issues. In Forest Kids: Why the Modern Classroom is Moving Outside, Star journalist Andrea Gordon conveys outdoor learners’ engagement and sense of wonder, and probes the fascinating science of nature’s effects on the brain and body of people young and old. But she also explores whether it's just a passing novelty or has real staying power.

Read more about it here :
Comment by Kelli Carmack on June 22, 2013 at 7:03pm

Hello everyone!  I would like to pass along a program that I am launching that may be of interest to you.  Please check out The 7th Generation School at

I spent many years as a teacher working with at-risk youth as well as those diagnosed with emotional and behavioral disorders.  I have also recently been a wilderness guide/substance abuse counselor for a wilderness treatment center for young adults.  For many years I have been formulating this program out of my constant question, "What can I do?"  This program is my answer and humble offering to the planet. 

The 7th Generation School is a supplementary program (to a regular or homeschool curriculum) that not only connects youth with the natural world around them but also with the natural world that exists within them.  It is a therapeutic wilderness program (and more) for youth who need something more than what the schools offer.  Our intention is to provide a holistic and eco-centered supplement to our youth so that they may become their vision and purpose in the world.

I hope we get to connect soon!

Comment by Keith Nelson on May 28, 2013 at 7:32am

Link to amazing woodpecker concussion and full recovery VIDEO

Comment by Keith Nelson on May 28, 2013 at 7:29am

Super Impact Images Press SUMMER SALE search Amazon and for $3.99 get "Bobcat Magic" (inspire folks to enter Nature)#childrenandnature#kids

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 24, 2013 at 10:22am

Schools rule! Natural Teachers, Enter the CLIF Kid Backyard Game of the Year contest. Your class could win $15K for their favorite non-profit. Deadline June 17.

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.




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