We’re leading the nature-based education movement


Our founder, Rachel Larimore, wrote the books on nature-based preschools. Her newest book, Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-based Learning, focuses on teaching practices fundamental to the nature-based approach. In contrast, Establishing a Nature-based Preschool focuses on the administrative aspects of opening a new nature-based preschool.


Nature-based preschools are growing in popularity in early childhood education. In this video Rachel A. Larimore, Founder of Samara Early Learning, describes the broad concept of nature-based early childhood education and nature-based preschools specifically.


Want to implement nature-based early childhood education? We can help!


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When done well, nature-based early childhood education supports whole-child development while building children’s life-long connection with the natural world. At Samara Early Learning our focus is to help administrators and teachers implement high-quality nature-based education.


The mission of Samara Early Learning is to support early childhood professionals in implementing high-quality nature-based administrative and teaching practices. To do this we offer a variety of services including publications, speaking, workshops, and consulting. Click here to find out more about the services we offer.