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.

Want to create a nature playspace or add more opportunities for nature play into each day? You will love this Recipe for Nature Play presentation by landscape designer Elizabeth Cooper!

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’ Nature-based Play and Science Learning PLCs support early childhood professionals as leaders, leverage local resources and community connections, and make lasting changes in practice. Each PLC provides 12-15 contact hours of professional development. These multi-session workshops include small group discussion, time outside, pre-reading and reflection, and action steps. Join a PLC in your area!