Dimensions Foundation research and field-testing provides the foundation for all Nature Explore programs and resources. On-going research and field-testing is conducted at Dimensions Early Education Programs in Lincoln, NE; Child Educational Center/Caltech JPL Community in La Canada, CA; Forest Lake Family Center in Forest Lake, MN, and Arbor Day Farm, Nebraska City, NE. Other research is collected at selected sites that vary from year-to-year. Teachers, as co-researchers, and a cadre of national research consultants, have been collecting and analyzing data based on direct observations of children since 1998.
Research shows regular time in nature supports whole-child learning and the development of foundational key skills. Click to learn more.
Nature Action Collaborative for Children
Nature Explore is pleased to provide administrative support to the Leadership Team of the international Nature Action Collaborative for Children,(NACC) which is sponsored by World Forum Foundation. NACC’s mission is to re-connect children with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature education a sustaining and enriching part of the daily lives of the world’s children.
Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful supports the creation and on-going efforts of Nature Explore Classrooms throughout the United States. Keep America Beautiful members often attend design consultations when Nature Explore Classrooms are being planned, or help sponsor Educator Workshops.
Children & Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network is a national nonprofit public benefit organization whose purpose is to re-connect children and nature and to provide resources for sharing information, strategic initiatives, reports and case studies. The Children & Nature Network partners with Nature Explore to promote the children and nature connection and further the common goals of connecting people, in particular children, with nature and outdoor experiences as well as broadening awareness of the benefits children gain from spending time in the natural world.
Nature Explore/Outdoor Classroom Project Collaborative Partnership
Nature Explore is pleased to partner with The Outdoor Classroom Project to provide a yearly Leadership Institute at Arbor Day Farm/Lied Conference Center and One-Day Conferences throughout the United States.
Nature Explore Traveling Exhibit
Exploring Trees Inside and Out is a collaborative project of the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. This national traveling exhibit is designed to help children discover nature through multiple perspectives and inspire them to get outdoors, explore the wonders, and develop personal connections with the natural world. This exhibit orchestrates a powerful vision that will reach thousands of children, educators and families across the nation.