Helping early childhood professionals nurture a child’s sense of wonder and sense of place.

Regular free time in natural settings is an important part of healthy child development. Nature-based play enhances children’s learning, health and overall quality of life. Yet children today spend less time outdoors than any previous generation.

Knee High Nature (KHN) professional development workshops engage early childhood educators in the best practices for authentic play in nature and the learning that it fosters for children. And so much research demonstrates the many important benefits of nature-based play and learning; click here for a report on this research.

KHN Resources

Visit our Tools + Resources page for resources, curriculum recommendations, books, and other content to help you explore outdoor play opportunities and how it benefits children.

To learn more about the KHN suite of program formats (Natural Science Workshops; A Year of Exploration; and Professional Learning Community), download our KHN brochure or email

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Four Winds’ Authentic Nature Play and Learning PLCs support teachers as leaders, leverage local resources and community connections, and make lasting changes in teaching practice. Join a PLC in your area!

  • Brattleboro VT Area PLC
  • Addison County VT Area PLC
  • Tinmouth VT Area PLC
  • Bradford VT Area PLC