We’re here to support your nature-based early childhood education journey!
Would you like to…
Imagine a world where young children learn with nature
That’s the power of nature-based early childhood education!
→ Do you envision a nature-based school, but don’t know where to begin?
→ Are you frustrated with the lack of support around nature-based education?
→ Do you have a nature-based program, but you’re looking for ways to grow and improve?
→ Are you tired of wading through the seemingly endless information about children and nature to find what is relevant to teaching professionals?
We support early childhood educators who want to start a nature-based school or add nature into their existing curriculum.
Early childhood educators!
Discover the next step on your nature-based journey
Take this 90-second quiz to discover the opportunities you have to implement nature-based early childhood education.
You’ll receive a custom toolkit based on your strengths so your children can thrive learning with nature.
Books by Samara’s Founder—Dr. Rachel Larimore
Services we offer
Who doesn’t love FREE tools?! We provide a variety of FREE articles, videos, webinars, podcasts and more to help you face the challenges of nature-based early childhood education.
Books & downloads
We offer a variety of books, downloads, courses, and more. This includes Establishing a Nature-based Preschool and Preschool Beyond Walls written by our founder and Chief Visionary Dr. Rachel A. Larimore.
Community of nature educators
The Grove is a community of nature-based educators growing and learning together. Included are in-depth, practical trainings and resources on all aspects of nature-based teaching in the early years.
Our latest free resources
What is a nature-based early childhood education?
Nature-based schools are growing in popularity in early childhood education. In this video Dr. Rachel A. Larimore, Founder and Chief Visionary of Samara Early Learning, describes the broad concept of nature-based early childhood education and nature-based preschools specifically.
Help children learn with nature for rich, full lives!
We’re here to guide you through the business or teaching side of running a nature-based school so you can focus what matters most—connecting young children with nature.
Our clients include early childhood educators:
→ Teaching at public or private schools
→ Working with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children
→ At a variety of school models including nature-based infant/toddler programs, nature-based preschools, forest preschools, nature kindergartens, and nature-based elementary schools
Get moving on your nature-based journey!
Start a nature-based school
If you’re excited about nature-based education and starting your own school or program, this is the place to start! We have many resources to eliminate your fears and doubts and help you avoid wasting time and money on the path to making your dream a reality.
Grow a nature-based school
If you’re already part of a school or program and want to add nature-based pedagogy to your existing curriculum, this is the place to start! Whatever your starting point, we’re here to help you along your nature-based journey with support for both administrators and teachers.
"My most important takeaway? That I can do this!"
— Dianne Rose
"The best investment Thorne Nature Preschool made was to work with Rachel Larimore to create a 5-year business plan for our school. "
— Erin Saunders, Thorne Nature Experience
"I chose to work with Samara Early Learning because their work is specific to nature-based learning."
"I feel much more prepared to move forward with moving my school from a leased space to my own space. "
— Autumn Cancredi
"I am feeling so inspired and supported in continuing my journey! Before I felt like this idea of mine was a vague dream, but now I feel like I have concrete steps and an action plan. Wherever you are in your journey I highly recommend reaching out to them for support!"
— Ruta Miniotas, Brooklyn, NY
"Great instructors who go beyond to help you succeed. They truly care!"
— Lauren Illiano
"It was worth the investment! An information-rich workshop that creates the path for future success. Experts in their fields!"
— Becca Ohman, Garvan Woodland Gardens