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 Juliet Robertson on December 17, 2010 at 10:41am

My thoughts are "Oh yes" and "Too right"! I'm sure many people on this forum are with you here, Christina. On the resource page on my website are some case studies - three from Sweden all about their outdoor schools.


There's LOTS happening in Scotland right now in relation to outdoor play, especially in pre-schools. We've 4 nurseries that are 95% outdoors all year round with many more in the pipeline.


That's a lovely summary, Ken!


Oh and I'm going to plug Sharon Danks book "Asphalt to Ecosystems". It's a superb collection of inspiring images and ideas.

Comment by Ken Finch on December 17, 2010 at 10:11am

Hi Christina.  Great to hear of your work.  The attached brochure might at least spur some thinking about your playspace.  Best wishes.  25%20Easy%20Nature%20Play%20Ideas%20for%20Early%20Childhood%20Cente...

Comment by Christina (Tina) Person on December 17, 2010 at 7:00am

I'm so excited for this group! I've worked at an environmental preschool for 19 years and think ECE and Nature is how it should be for all children. The non profit school I work at is on Forest Service land so we have nature all around. My major goal is to transform preschool playgrounds from plastic structures and artificial surfaces, to natural spaces for children to explore. Any thoughts?

Comment by John Thielbahr on November 10, 2010 at 12:06pm
Wonderful group that I hope grows as big as the Natural Teachers Network. I have many pre-school and child care professionals that I have been waiting to refer to this group site. There is great interest in weaving nature-based activities into the daily routines of these organizations, but not much knowledge about how to do it. Thanks Avery. jt
Comment by Suz Lipman on November 9, 2010 at 9:15am
Likewise, Avery! I hope this group proves a wonderful and rich compendium of resources. I appreciate the inspirational and useful material you've already posted and suspect you'll have many contributing members.
Comment by Ken Finch on November 8, 2010 at 9:11pm
Thanks for starting this group, Avery! :-)

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