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The Benefits Of A Nature-Based Education

Lukasz Szmigiel

Nature based learning, schools, camps, after school programs and other educational programs that integrate significant time spent in nature into the curriculum are becoming more popular.

According to the North American Association for Environmental Education, in the past three years, the number of nature-based preschools, forest kindergartens, and outdoor preschools have doubled in the United States. We’re also seeing this trend in Iowa with a number of new nature based schools opening in the past few years and planning to open soon.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe speaks with teachers from nature-based schools.


  • Nicole Upchurch, director and lead teacher of the early childhood program at Good Earth Nature School
  • Blue Morningsnow, director, Prairie Flower Children’s Center
  • Katie Christiansen, director, Tamarack Discovery School
  • Dana Foster, teacher, Scattergood Friends School


Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River