Founded in October 2013, NINPA is a professional collaborative that promotes, supports and enhances nature-based early childhood education.

Goals and Objectives:

  • Promote nature based education philosophies and curriculum.
  • Collaborate and share resources, tools, assessments, and ideas.
  • Build a social network for members to connect, inspire, support and share.
  • Provide educational opportunities through speakers, meetings, book sharing, seminars and collaborating.

NINPA members pledge to:

  • Nurture whole child development through primary experiences with nature.
  • Foster curiosity through hands-on projects and play.
  • Encourage discovery and experimentation.
  • Develop a child’s love of learning.
  • Encourage divergent thinking and reflection by asking open-ended questions.
  • Provide support, information, and encouragement to children’s insights and ideas.
  • Develop respect and appreciation for the natural world.
  • Expand children’s social skills and collaboration through play and exploration.
  • Develop children’s self confidence by encouraging appropriate risk taking.

If you are interested in becoming a NINPA member or if you are looking for a nature-based program in your area, please email ninpainfo@gmail.com.