Young children are naturally curious about the world around them. Recently, I conducted a hands-on, inquiry-based nature-based program for VPK children. Children were introduced to age-appropriate nature content and practices by conducting hands-on-minds-on investigations. Children were free to rotate to the various nature-based centers that were set-up around the classroom. During each class approximately 4 additional adults were present to help guide the children in their explorations when necessary, etc. The centers included: water studies, leaf prints with paint, planting seeds, animal adaptations, nature collages, recycling awareness, solar energy, live pill bugs and earthworms, earth bracelet center, and more. Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski has developed a nature-based teacher training workshop for early childhood educators as well. Like the children, teachers are introduced to a wide-array of nature/environmental concepts, as well as mathematical and scientific tools, and children’s literature that can be incorporated within nature-based lessons. The following photos show VPK-age children freely exploring the nature-based centers. For more information on the science and STEM teacher training workshops Dr. Diana Wehrell-Grabowski conducts worldwide complete the contact form on this website.