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Rachel is an educator, speaker, consultant, and author. Her newest book, Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-based Learning, focuses on teaching practices fundamental to the nature-based approach. In contrast, Establishing a Nature-based Preschool focuses on the administrative aspects of opening a new nature-based preschool.

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Nature-based preschools are growing in popularity in early childhood education. In this video Rachel A. Larimore, Founder of Samara Early Learning, describes the broad concept of nature-based early childhood education and nature-based preschools specifically.

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My work focuses on connecting children to nature through high-quality, nature-based early childhood education.

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My mission is for all children to have frequent, positive outdoor experiences in their early years. This enhances their individual growth and development, as well as helps to ensure the long-term sustainability of our planet. My primary focus for accomplishing this goal is integration of nature into formal early childhood education. Most of my work has been focused on nature-based preschools, as well as integrating nature-based approaches into elementary classrooms. All of these efforts fall under the umbrella of nature-based early childhood education.

If you're interested in learning more about my work or scheduling a time to work together, please feel free to contact me at Rachel.Larimore@gmail.com or complete the contact form here