Nature exploration is fundamental to young children's curiosity, discovery, and sense of wonder-it supports their growth in all developmental domains. In this collection of engaging articles from NAEYC's journal Young Children, teachers of children from infancy through age 8 will learn about using nature education to address early learning standards, to involve families and the community, and to encourage children's appreciation of the natural world. The book offers a comprehensive resource list and a professional development guide with questions and activities to help readers reflect on current practices and incorporate new ones.
Ann S. Epstein is the Senior Director of Curriculum Development at HighScope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Her areas of expertise include curriculum development, professional development, research and program evaluation, and child and program assessment.