Start a nature-based school

We help early childhood educators start nature-based preschools, forest preschools, forest kindergartens, or other models of nature-based early childhood education businesses.

We can help with

  • Business planning

  • Securing a program site

  • Staff recruitment and hiring

  • Licensing a new program

  • Establishing a program philosophy

  • Developing a nature-based curriculum

  • Designing natural play areas

  • Reviewing building schematics

    …and more!

Services we offer for starting a school

Establishing a Nature-based Preschool

By Rachel A. Larimore

Nature-based preschools are powerful programs that fuse early childhood and environmental education to develop a child's lifelong connection with the natural world. With the number of this unique, cutting-edge program growing throughout the country, many nature centers are asking, “Is a nature-based preschool right for us?” Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool, written by Samara’s founder, helps answer that question and provides a how-to guide to move from concept to implementation.


 Early childhood educators!

Discover the next step on your nature-based journey

Take this 90-second quiz to discover the opportunities you have to implement nature-based early childhood education.

You’ll receive a custom toolkit based on your strengths so you can start a thriving school where children learn with nature.

Free resources for starting a nature-based school