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Meeting children's developmental needs
while introducing them to life-long, meaningful relationships with nature.

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Nature Connections of Northwest Iowa is a collaborative of early childhood educators, professionals, naturalists and environmental educators dedicated to introducing children to a life-long, healthy relationship with nature while meeting their physical, emotional, and cognitive needs.

Together, we represent nearly a dozen public, private and non-profit organizations and agencies from across Northwest Iowa.

We provide professional development opportunities for early childhood teachers, childcare providers, administrators and professionals on integrating nature and the outdoors into their learning environments.

Recent courses and workshops have included:

  • Outdoors - Let's Explore! Institute
  • Patrice & Rita Leary Early Childhood Environmental Education Fellowship
  • Kinder Nature Teacher Workshops

We also collaborate to provide year round nature-based experiences and day camp opportunities for children and families.

Print the complete Nature Connections brochure in PDF format.

Upcoming Programs

Young Investigators: Connecting Children with Nature through Project Work.
This unique, nature-based program for early childhood educators is being offered through the fall of 2015 at Iowa Lakeside Lab. Full details are available in the flier that you can download below.

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    • SAVE THE DATE!!! The Friends Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 19, at 6pm, in the Lakeside Dining Hall. Please plan to join us as we celebrate an eventful and productive year at the Lab. Contact Lisa Roti, Friends Executive Director, at 712-337-3669 ext. 1 for more information.
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