Environmental educators have recognized the need to provide specialized programming for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and their families. Likewise, record numbers of parents, daycare providers, and early childhood educators have begun seeking out nature centers, zoos, and museums as places to help their not-yet school-aged children learn, grow, and develop an appreciation of and love for nature.
This guide was written especially to help naturalists and environmental educators design developmentally appropriate programs and activities for pre-school children. Developmentally appropriate programs match the learning environment—the physical set-up, materials, schedule, curriculum, teaching methods, and so forth—to the developmental levels of children. (Read more about developmentally appropriate practice and why it’s important on page 2 of Natural Wonders.)