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: 115
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 Jan Hummer on April 11, 2012 at 6:49pm

So it is interestingJohn that you have mentioned Book Trails below in Steamboat, CO today.  Emily Krall the director of this amazing program and I are working on getting the Connecting Children to Nature through American Literature exhibit in WV to travel to CO to be on display in their local library.  Hoping all of this can happen and maybe it will become a traveling exhibit in the near future for any libraries to enjoy.  Thinking about creating a little Early Ed. curriculum if this happens to be done outside. 

Great ideas Christina concerning Mud Day can't wait to make my mud pit at home for my little one and her friends.  Love the prizes wish I could be there :)

Peace - Jan

Comment by John Thielbahr on April 11, 2012 at 3:40pm

I love this, especially putting the pictures up at the children's library.  I just made a connection with Anythink Libraries in Colorado through Susie Wirth of Nature Explore (Arbor Day Foundation) to talk about nature reading and activities (our "Naturebraries" initiative where we are asking libraries to host Nature Story Hours for kids and families).  Jan Hummer is also in Colorado, and she just introduced me to a friend of hers who is returned to Steamboat to start something called Book Trails.  Lots going on in Colorado.  Keep us posted on your mud adventures.  jt

Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on April 11, 2012 at 1:32pm

Hi Everyone,  I know its early but I'm gearing up for International Mud day 2012. It's a great time to start organizing an event for fun mud activities. I'm doing a Mud Day with all the preschools in my valley. I'm doing a photo contest. On June 29th each program/classroom is doing a mud activity that they are comfortable with (my program will of course make a full on mud pit, but that's not for everyone). I just got the ok to display the photo's at the children's library, and we will have 3 prizes. One a spa day/mud wrap for the teachers of the winning classroom, I'm donating one of my classroom size felted soap kit (for fun clean up)  for the 2nd place class, and a local baker is donating delicious vegan "mud pie" for the 3rd place classroom. In the end the kids all win! Let me know of any other ideas to let people in my community know its happening all over!

Comment by Suz Lipman on April 3, 2012 at 10:16am

Hi All - I think you'll be interested in this alarming new study: Nearly half of preschoolers are not getting outside to play every day. It seems that parents and caregivers aren't taking their kids out, and that preschools don't often offer enough outdoor play either. What do you think? What's been your experience?


Comment by Suz Lipman on March 26, 2012 at 11:47am

Hi All - Thought you would want to know about this online conversation on Children, Nature and Education, hosted by NAEYC (National Assoc. for Education of Young Children) that is happening all this week. Here's a link:

Q&A with selected authors of Spotlight on Young Children and Nature


Comment by John Thielbahr on March 16, 2012 at 9:09am


On the Natural Teachers Network Group site, Christy Schultz has asked for some guidance on working with Kindergarten kids in Florida.  Christy is a Master Naturalist who works a lot with homeschool kids to get them connected with nature.  Please send your suggestions to her.  If you don't belong to the Natural Teachers Network, please sign up.  Many thanks.  jt

Comment by Juliet Robertson on February 27, 2012 at 12:28am

Pre-school children mediate naturally when playing in woods - interesting article from Wales http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-17099694

Comment by Jan Hummer on February 25, 2012 at 4:12pm

The next moderator for the Conneting Children to Nature through American Literature Blog is Peggy Christian the author of If You Find a Rock starting this week.  I know as a preschool teacher I have used this one and Ms. Byrd Baylor's many times over.  Please visit and share your encounter with this book and your little ones.  Did you create an activity from it and how did the children respond ?


Jan Hummer

Comment by Juliet Robertson on January 31, 2012 at 1:39pm

That's very interesting - quite in-depth. We have ones that focus on learning outdoors in Scotland but I feel that it's too educationally-generic and misses the finer points. Thanks for sharing.

Comment by Bora Simmons on January 31, 2012 at 10:21am

NEW Publication from NAAEE:

Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale

The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale (NAAEE 2011), authored by Yash Bhagwanji,provides a collaborative tool for educators and others to discuss their early childhood environmental education program goals, consider strengths and areas of needed improvement, and chart a future direction for development. The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale is easy to use while also encouraging deep discussions about program philosophy, design and implementation. Building off of NAAEE’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Programs: Guidelines for Excellence, it is a much welcomed addition to the early childhood environmental education tool kit.

 The Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale (ECEERS) is a formative evaluation tool designed to assist programs in improving their environmental education curriculum. Download your copy of both the ECEERS and the ECEE Guidelines (free) at: http://eelinked.naaee.net/n/guidelines/posts/Early-Childhood-Enviro...


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