Hi Christine,Yes, the ambiguous regulations for nature and forest schools are frustrating in many states! I direct the Eastern Region Association of Forest and Nature Schools (ERAFANS.org), and we run into this all the time. As Sheila and Rachel pointed out, there are many states who are forming associations dedicated to the kind of advocacy your talking about, like WANPA.org and Inside-Outside of New England. ERAFANS also supports local networks along the east coast, some more active than others (ERAFANS.org/state-chapters). We are happy to provide ideas, advice, and resources to help! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last fall Samantha Aigner-Treworgy Commissioner of Early Education and Care had a community learning tour. The exact locations and times are not up yet, but the the tentative dates are February 24, 26, 27, and March 2, 2020 for the next community learning tour. The commissioner's contact iinfo-