Perspectives from the Field

Our weekly blog posts feature an inclusive collection of thoughts, experiences and reflections from diverse early childhood professionals living in Oregon. Tune-in every Tuesday to hear from varying perspectives on topics such as inclusion, nature education, parent communication, social-emotional development, and anti-bias curriculum.  Join in on the conversation by commenting on posts and sharing with friends, families, and coworkers! 

May 27, 2020

Two months ago, Wildwood Nature School, like many other schools and childcare facilities, temporarily shut its doors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Not wanting to lose the connection I had with the children in our program and then connection they had with...

April 23, 2020

April is Earth Month, which makes it the perfect time to teach preschoolers the “Three R’s” of eliminating waste: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. These picture books, both fiction and nonfiction, show children that caring for planet earth is fun and rewarding as well as ne...

March 13, 2020

March in Portland, Oregon means unpredictable weather. Snow, hail, sleet, rain, balmy sunshine are all possible. At Wildwood Nature School, we head outside no matter the weather. In fact, spring rain provides an abundance of science learning opportunities.

Collect and E...

February 21, 2020

“Today we had a rainy day which means no outdoor exploration! What are your tried and true rainy day activities?”

“Weather says it’s supposed to rain the rest of the week! We can’t go outside. What are your suggestions?”

I am a member of a number of Facebook groups for p...

January 25, 2020

Currently, outdoor forest and nature preschools in the state of Oregon, like the Wildwood Nature School program that I operate, are unable to qualify for licensure. We operate our programs as “recorded half-day preschool” programs that are exempt from licensing as long...

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