Sierra Club National Magazine Article – When Canyons Are Classrooms

Nature-based early education is on the rise in the U.S.

New York Times Article – Preschool Without Walls

Bundle up, buttercup. A growing number of preschools are situating their classrooms under the open sky and towering trees, regardless of weather.

Ed Week Article – At ‘Nature Preschools,’ Classes Are Outdoors

At Audubon Nature Preschool, a “classroom” can be a pond, a bamboo forest, a meadow, or a garden. That’s because Audubon is a “nature preschool”—one of a growing number of preprimary schools where children spend all or part of their days outdoors.

Online Resources

Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center

The City of San Diego’s Information Page on Tecolote Canyon with history and trail maps.

Natural Start Alliance

The Natural Start Alliance is a network dedicated to helping young children experience and care for nature. Join the movement today as an organization or an individual – it’s free.

Wild Willow Farm

Wild Willow Farm allows you to volunteer with children. You can get hands on experience and enjoy the farm. Look at the site for event and volunteer information.

Wild Roots Forest School

What we love, we are likely to protect, and to love something we must know it. Wild Roots is one of North America’s first forest kindergartens.

Earthroots Field School

Earthroots grew out of a community need for environmentally progressive & conscious, enriching, outdoor, hands-on nature connection classes for children and adults in southern Orange County, California.

SD Children and Nature

SDCaN organizes a general meeting every two months, and notices are sent to members in email messages. We invite you to join us for the meetings, to learn from others, and to share your opportunities and successes with Collaborative members and partners.

Growing Up Wild

Growing Up WILD is an early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.

Children & Nature Network

The Children & Nature Network is leading the movement to connect all children, their families and communities to nature through innovative ideas, evidence-based resources and tools, broad-based collaboration and support of grassroots leadership.

National Institute for Play

The National Institute for Play is a 501c(3) non-profit public benefit corporation committed to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.