Conferences & Events for Early Childhood Environmental Education
Partners in Early Childhood Environmental Education
- Natural Start Alliance
- The Natural Start Alliance is a network of organizations, educators, and parents committed to connecting young children to nature and the environment through education. They provide educational resources for infants, toddlers and preschoolers which is rooted in play and inquiry.
- The Natural Start Alliance also has a strong focus on Nature-Based Pre-Schools.
- For an excellent database of ECEE related items, check out their resources page: http://naturalstart.org/resources
- NAAEE Early Childhood Environmental Education Guidelines for Excellence
- The Guidelines for Excellence contains a set of recommendations for developing and administering high-quality environmental education programs for young children from birth to age eight, with a focus on ages three to six. These guidelines provide a tool that can be used to ensure a firm foundation for new programs or to trigger improvements in existing ones.
- Download the Guidelines for free here:
- NAAEE Early Childhood EEPro
- Join the NAAEE Early Childhood EEPro group for access to virtual conferences, resources, active discussion forums, and news from the field
- International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education
- The International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education is a peer-reviewed open-access electronic journal promoting early childhood environmental education for global readership and action
- Children and Nature Network (CNN)
- After the publication of “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” in 2005, author Richard Louv and others co-founded the Children & Nature Network, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to fuel the worldwide grassroots movement to reconnect children with nature. 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.
- For an amazing collection of free toolkits, reports, infographics and advocacy tools check out their resources page: http://www.childrenandnature.org/learn/tools-resources/
- Cities Connecting Children to Nature (CCCN)
- Cities Connecting Children to Nature, an initiative of the National League of Cities, helps city leaders and their partners ensure that all children have the opportunity to play, learn and grow in nature, from urban parks and community gardens to the great outdoors. They have a great municipal resource for supporting ECEE through community action and policy.
- Center for Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education (NPECE Center)
- Prescott College’s NPECE Center provides leadership for the advancement of equitable and inclusive nature and place-based learning opportunities for all young children. They offer an annual Institute with a certificate and ECE/ECSE degrees & teacher certification pathways that emphasize the nature and place-based approache.
- For more information or questions regarding early childhood nature and place-based professional development here in Arizona, contact email@example.com.
Curriculum & Training for Early Childhood Environmental Education
Great Books for Getting Started
- Louv, Richard (2008) Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
- Hanscom, A. and Louv, R. (2016) Balanced and Barefoot: How Unrestricted Outdoor Play Makes for Strong, Confident, and Capable Children
- Knight, S. (2013) Forest School and Outdoor Learning in the Early Years
- Sobel, David. (1998) Mapmaking with Children: Sense of Place Education for the Elementary Years.
- Sobel, David. (2004) Place-Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Communities, Second Edition.
- Leslie, Clare Walker. (1999) Into The Field: A Guide to Locally Focused Teaching
- Cobb, E. (1977) The Ecology of Imagination in Childhood.
- Citro, A. (2016) A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature
- Petrash, C and Cook, D. (1992) Earthways: Simple Environmental Activities for Young Children
- Kenny, E. (2013) Forest Kindergartens: The Cedarsong Way
- Selly, Patty Born. (2012) Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth
- Sobel, D. and Baille, P. (2015) Nature Pre-schools and Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning
- Larimore, Rachel A. (2011) Establishing a Nature-based Pre-school
- Sobel, David. (2008) Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators
- Sobel, David. (1996) Beyond Ecophobia: Reclaiming the Heart in Nature Education
- Wilson, Ruth. (2012) Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments
- Chalufour, I and Worth, K. (2003) Discovering Nature with Young Children: Part of the Young Scientist Series
- Sampson, Scott. (2016) How to Raise a Wild Child: The Art and Science of Falling in Love with Nature
- Houghton, P and Worroll, J. (2016) Play The Forest School Way: Woodland Games and Crafts for Adventurous Kids
- Constable, Karen. (2015) The Outdoor Classroom in Practice, Ages 3–7: A month-by-month guide to forest school provision
- Honig, Alice. (2015) Experiencing Nature with Young Children: Awakening Delight, Curiosity, and a Sense of Stewardship
- Meier, D. and Sisk-Hilton, S. (2015) Nature Education with Young Children: Integrating Inquiry and Practice
- Wilson, Ruth. (2016) Learning in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations
- Pelo, Ann. (2013) The Goodness of Rain: Developing Ecological Literacy in Young Children
- Rosenow, Nancy. (2012) Heart-Centered Teaching Inspired by Nature
- Nelson, Eric. (2012) Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments
- Selly, Patty. (2012) Early Childhood Activities for a Greener Earth
- Banning, Wendy. (2010) Lens on Outdoor Learning
- Cross, Aerial. (2011) Nature Sparks: Connecting Children’s Learning to the Natural World
- Keeler, Rusty. (2016) Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder
The resources and organizations provided within this website are not comprehensive of the resources and organizations related to environmental education available throughout Arizona.
Resources and organizations are continually being added.