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  • 1.  Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-27-2017 11:49 AM
    We are planning to open a nature preschool and are looking for nature preschools already in existence as peer resources. In specific, are there any preschools out there in partnership with nature organizations and running a nature preschool?

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    Abigail Marsters
    The Sharon Cooperative School
    Sharon MA
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  • 2.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 07:29 AM
    Here is a link for a nature preschool outside of Midland MI
    http://www.chippewanaturecenter.org/nature-preschool/

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    Lezlie Hauck
    Preschool Director/Lead Teacher
    Fulton Schools
    Middleton MI
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  • 3.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 08:30 AM
    Copy and past the link below into your browser for a look at a nature preschool program in Philadelphia:
    www.schuylkillcenter.org/nature-preschool


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    Stacey Sangtinette
    Philadelphia, PA
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  • 4.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 08:46 AM
    Hello!
    I am the Nature Preschool Director at Chippewa Nature Center. We are always willing to support Nature-Based Education! Please visit Nature Preschool for more details and contact me at mpowell@chippewanaturecenter.org or 989-631-0830. 
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    Nature Preschool
    Chippewa Nature Center is pleased to offer a nature-based preschool, one of only about 20 others in the country when it first began in 2007. Classes take place in the LEED Gold Certified Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker Nature Preschool Center and in the Alden B. Dow-designed Nature Study Building.
    View this on Chippewanaturecenter >


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    Madison Powell
    Chippewa Nature Center
    Midland MI
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  • 5.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 09:49 AM
    Hello,
    There is a nature preschool in Minnesota Dodge Nature Preschool - Dodge Nature Center. Good luck in your venture! We need more nature preschools, and for kids to have more access to nature experiences.
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    Dodge Nature Preschool - Dodge Nature Center
    Situated on a 110-acre area of our Environmental Educational Preserve, the Dodge Nature Preschool brings the natural world into the lives of young children. With their teachers and classmates, children discover the wonders of nature and play on the Model Farm where barnyard animals provide stimulating opportunities for learning and growth.
    View this on Dodgenaturecenter >


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    Doreen Jackson
    Anoka County Community
    Blaine MN
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  • 6.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 10:36 AM
    The Oswegoland Park District runs a nature preschool.  Here is the link to our website OswegolandParkDistrict.org. If you go to the programs tab and in the drop down click preschool.  You find some information regarding the program and curriculum.  If you have further questions please don't hesitate to reach out.  I would be happy to help you! I am a huge advocate for outdoor experiences!

    Cheryl Keilson
    Superintendent of Early Childhood Education

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    Cheryl Keilson
    Oswego Park District
    Oswego IL
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  • 7.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-28-2017 03:19 PM
    Irvine Nature Center in Baltimore, MD

    See link.

    Nature Preschool | Irvine Nature Center

    They have a conference coming up June 6th
    Nature Preschool Conference | Irvine Nature Center

    Know them a-only by reputation which is good.

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    Monica Ogara
    Woodbine MD
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  • 8.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-29-2017 03:52 PM
    There's a nature preschool at Irvine Nature Center in Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. They also have a nature conference every year. It's in June. 
    Hope that helps!
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    Sent from Gmail Mobile





  • 9.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-30-2017 10:38 AM
    This is very helpful! Thank you!

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    Abigail Marsters
    The Sharon Cooperative School
    Sharon MA
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  • 10.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-30-2017 10:39 AM
    I run a nature preschool called Little Leaf in Hastings on Hudson, NY:
    Little Leaf at Andrus on Hudson

    Happy to offer a visit to our school!

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    Theresa McCaffrey
    Hastings on Hudson NY
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  • 11.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 04-30-2017 01:56 PM
    Fabulous that you're looking to add more nature to your teaching approach! All of the nature-based preschools mentioned here are good ones to check out. Also, Natural Start Alliance has a map of programs that self-identify as nature-based. It might be helpful if you're trying to find some close to your area. They're also hosting a Nature Preschool National Conference in Seattle in August. Consider attending--it's a great group! Registration is opening next week I believe.

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    Rachel Larimore
    Doctoral Student, Michigan State University
    Midland MI
    www.rachel-larimore.com
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  • 12.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-01-2017 07:12 AM
    Here's the link to a program I read about in Seattle.
    https://tinytrees.org/about/

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    Peggy Ashbrook
    Early childhood science teacher
    Alexandria, VA
    NSTA The Early Years columnist, Science and Children
    Early Years blogger, www.nsta.org/earlyyears
    Author: Science Learning in the Early Years, and
    Science Is Simple
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  • 13.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-01-2017 12:14 PM

    You may want to consider joining the Natural Start Alliance (naturalstart.org). This group consists of many nature-based preschools across the US and the members are always very helpful. Joining is free.

    We are also happy to help - we are an independent nature based preschool in Atlanta, GA.

    Thanks!
    Lani Douglas
    Director of Education
    Inman Park Cooperative Preschool

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    Inman Park Cooperative Preschool
    Inman Park Cooperative Preschool was established in 1981 to serve the needs of parents and children in Inman Park and surrounding in-town neighborhoods.
    View this on Inman Park Cooperative Preschool >

     



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    Lani Douglas
    Inman Park Coop Preschool
    Atlanta GA
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  • 14.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-01-2017 01:46 PM
    We, at the Gesell Institute, do not run a nature preschool. However, I wanted to share two resources:

    1) We are presenting at the In Bloom conference on Promising Practices in Nature-Based Early Childhood Education, in June in New Haven.
    In Bloom Conferences | Antioch New England
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    In Bloom Conferences | Antioch New England
    AU | New England * Resources Children stomp in puddles, whittle sticks, paint their faces with charcoal, plant seeds, take care of animals AND expand their vocabularies, do real math, conduct investigations and develop resilience in nature-based early childhood programs. We invite you to both join in the dialogue and actively participate in one (or more) of our In Bloom Conferences in 2017.
    View this on Antioch New England >


    2) The Outdoor Classroom Webinar
    We have a great resource, in the form of a webinar, for teachers looking to add the outdoors to their early childhood curriculum as well as for parents looking for support in encouraging schools to do so.
    | Webinars
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    | Webinars
    In addition to live workshops, Gesell offers high quality and relevant webinars hosted by the Institute's knowledgeable researchers and National Lecture Staff, who are a carefully selected, highly educated, and intensively trained group of professionals who vary from Early Childhood Specialists, former school superintendents, principals, elementary school teachers, and special education professionals.
    View this on Gesellinstitute >

    Please do be in touch with successful programs or if you are interested in bringing us to your site for a live training on The Outdoor Classroom.

    Regards,
    Peg Oliveira

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    Peg Oliveira, PhD
    Executive Director
    Gesell Institute of Child Development
    www.gesellinstitute.org
    peg@gesellinstituteorg
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  • 15.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-02-2017 08:37 AM
    The Painted Oak Nursery School in Hopewell NJ (near Princeton NJ) - https://www.paintedoak.org/  had gotten some amazing reviews. I haven't been there to visit yet, but it is on my to-do list

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    Pam Brillante
    Flemington NJ
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  • 16.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-02-2017 04:26 PM
    There is a school called Nature's Way Preschool in Kalamzoo, Michigan owned by the Kalamazoo Nature Center.  It was my first job out of college and I loved it!  My dream job, really.  Here's a link:  Kalamazoo Nature Center's Nature's Way Preschool
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    Kalamazoo Nature Center's Nature's Way Preschool
    Nature's Way Preschool located at Oakland Drive and Kilgore Road in Kalamazoo. Provides environmental education and Kindergarten readiness for 3 and 4 year olds.
    View this on Naturecenter >


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    Leslie Lee
    ECSB
    Helena MT
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  • 17.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-03-2017 01:20 PM
    Hi Abigail,
    We offer a conference in June on nature-based practices. This year's Keynote Speaker is Claire Warden from Scotland who has developed forest school models.
    -Robyn

    Here is the link to our website: Early Learning Institute | Early Learning Center
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    Early Learning Institute | Early Learning Center
    The Early Learning Institute is an annual event held each summer and began in 2015. The mission of the institute is to create an intimate, supportive, professional context for early childhood educators and natural leaders to collaborate and share nature-based practices and thinking.
    View this on Utk >



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    Robyn Brookshire
    University of Tennessee
    Early Learning Center for Research and Practice
    Knoxville TN
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  • 18.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-04-2017 11:19 AM
    I am so appreciative of all these resources and suggestions!

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    Abigail Marsters
    The Sharon Cooperative School
    Sharon MA
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  • 19.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-06-2017 12:59 PM
    Abigail - perhaps someone has already sent you a link to the Chippewa Nature Preschool.  I have been to workshops offered by staff - they're equally great naturalists and early educators!  Nature Preschool
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    Nature Preschool
    Chippewa Nature Center is pleased to offer a nature-based preschool, one of only about 20 others in the country when it first began in 2007. Classes take place in the LEED Gold Certified Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker Nature Preschool Center and in the Alden B. Dow-designed Nature Study Building.
    View this on Chippewanaturecenter >


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    Mary Manner
    Great Start Collaborative of Traverse Bay
    Traverse City MI
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  • 20.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-10-2017 11:28 AM
    Contact "Forest Schools" in England  http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/what-is-forest-school/  . They have an amazing program in place...and are moving toward opening programs in the USA.

    There are also


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    Karin King
    Trumbull CT
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  • 21.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-14-2017 02:28 AM
    Many nature preschools are popping up all over the US. Check out the Natural Start Alliance, and Google Claire Warden and Nature Pedagogy for more schools. David Sobel's new book, Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens, has a list of resources and contacts.

    Three programs I'm familiar with are:
    Worldmind Nature Emersion School, Boulder/Denver, CO. http://mailchi.mp/899c5cdce745/metro-denver-forest-kidnergarten?e=64947214eb
    Cedarsong School, Vashon Island, WA. Owner, Erin Kenney
    Carbondale Waldkinder Adventure Preschool, Carbondale, CO. Owner, Karen Grey

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    Mary Russell
    Journeys Out Yonder
    Boulder CO
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  • 22.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-15-2017 01:39 PM
    A brand new Nature Preschool in Central California is at Reedley College:

    Reedley College Child Development Centerand Lab School - Nature Explore Program
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    Reedley College Child Development Centerand Lab School - Nature Explore Program
    After dreaming about creating a natural outdoor classroom for children, in the fall of 2016 the Reedley College Child Development Center and Lab School was able to make dreams come true. With the support of the College and the local US Forestry Service, we began the design phase of our space.
    View this on Nature Explore Program >


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    Kathie Reid-Bevington, Ph.D.
    Associate Dean, Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology
    Professor of Child Development
    California State University, Fresno
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  • 23.  RE: Looking for Existing Nature Preschool

    Posted 05-15-2017 01:45 PM
    Trackers Earth in Portland, Oregon has a new outdoor nature school for preschool and elementary.  They also have amazing camps and after school programs all year long.

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    Kim Hill
    Childswork Learning Center
    Portland OR
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