There are more and more resources available every day related to nature-based education. This is exciting news, but it can also be overwhelming when you're first starting out. Below are a few of my favorite resources...


Natural Start Alliance

Antioch University's Nature-Based Early Childhood Education Program

Children's clothing

MyMayu (Boots, boot liners, gaiters)

Oakiwear (Rain and snow gear)

Polarn O. Pyret (A wide variety of clothing options)


Acorn Naturalists (Just about anything nature-related you can think of)

BioQuip (A great resource for pond dippers)

Carolina Biological Supply Company (Magnifiers & SO much more)

Crazy Crow Trading Post (A great resource for animal furs)

Explorations Early Learning (Wood blocks, beads, lacing slabs, etc.) 

Nature Watch (Games, puzzles, track replicas...)

Nature Explore (Their outdoor fabric is great)

Skulls Unlimited (For skulls of course!)

BOOKS for Adults

Here are a few books to get you started. A more comprehensive list will be coming soon.    

Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool, Rachel Larimore

The Goodness of Rain: Developing an Ecological Identity in Young Children, Ann Pelo

The Great Outdoors: Restoring Children’s Right to Play Outdoors, Mary Rivkin

Learning with Nature: Embedding Outdoor Practice, Claire Warden

Nature Preschools & Forest Kindergartens: The Handbook for Outdoor Learning, David Sobel

Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning in Natural Environments, 2nd Edition, Ruth Wilson

Nature Kindergartens and Forest Schools, 2nd Edition, Claire Warden

Videos related to Children & Nature

Mother Nature’s Child: Growing Outdoors in the Media Age, Fuzzy Slipper Productions

School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten, Linden Tree Films

When Learning Comes Naturally: Exploring Nature’s Classroom, Jonathan Diamond Associates, Inc

Where Do the Children Play, Michigan Television


A few books to get you started...

999 Tadpoles, Ken Kimura

A Closer Look, Mary McCarthy

A Log’s Life, Wendy Pfeffer

An Egg is Quiet, Jim Arnosky

Around the Pond: Who’s Been Here, Lindsay George

Bear Snores On (and other books), Karma Wilson

Beaver’s Lodge, Ingrid Schubert

Birds Build Nests, Yvonne Winer

Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots?, Carmela LaVigna Coyle

Feathers for Lunch, Lois Ehlert

Fish is Fish,Leo Lionni

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves,Julia Rawlinson

Forest Night,Forest Bright, Jamichael Henterly

Forest Tracks, Dee Dee Duffy

I Wish I Were a Butterfly, James Howe

If You Find a Rock, Peggy Christian

In The Small Small Pond, Denise Fleming

In the Snow: Who’s Been Here, Lindsay George

In The Tall Tall Grass,Denise Fleming

It’s Mine!,Leo Lionni

Jump,Frog,Jump, Robert Kalan

Leaf Jumpers, Cole Gerber

Mud, Mary Lyn Ray

Noisy Bug Sing Along, John Himmelman

Noisy Frog Sing Along, John Himmelman

Not a Box,Antoinette Portis

Not a Buzz to be Found: Insects in Winter, Linda Glaser & Jamie Zollars

Not a Stick,Antoinette Portis

Our Tree Named Steve, Alan Zweibel

Over in the Meadow, Ezra Jack Keats

Ska-tat, Kimberly Knutson

Snowballs, Lois Ehlert

Stellaluna, Janell Cannon

Sugarbush Spring, Marsha Chall

Sugaring, Jessie Haas & Jos A. Smith

Thank You World, Alice McGinty

The Buggliest Bug, Carol Shields

The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney

The Salamander Room, Anne Mazer

The Snail’s Spell, Joanne Ryder

The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit, Werner Holzworth & Wolf Erlbruch

Track that Scat, Lisa Morlock

Under One Rock: Bugs,Slugs,and other Ughs, Anthony D. Frederick

Under the Snow, Melissa Stewart

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Michael Rosen\ 

When Winter Comes, Nancy Laan

Whose Butt?, Stan Tekiela

Whose Tracks Are These?: A Clue Book of Familiar Forest Animals, James Nail

Wild Tracks!, Jim Arnosky (non-fiction)