The Center for Nature and Place-based Early Childhood Education

The Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education was established to support and expand training for early childhood educators, pre-service teachers, administrators, and program directors in developmentally appropriate nature and place-based pedagogy. Founded in 2016 with support from the George B. Storer Foundation, the Center is housed in and integrated with Prescott College’s Department of Education and Teacher Preparation. Learn more about education and teacher preparation at Prescott College.

The Center focuses on designing innovative nature and place focused college course curricula for Prescott College students in the Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education undergraduate and graduate programs. It also offers residential professional development institutes and outreach workshops that provide training and experiential learning opportunities for early childhood educators across Arizona and beyond, including the Summer Institute for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education. Learn more 

The Center provides opportunities and support for student research on the effectiveness of nature and place-based early childhood teacher education and outdoor learning activities in order to add to current professional knowledge in the field. The center actively seeks opportunities to collaborate with other higher education institutions, schools, and organizations in implementing nature and place-based teacher training initiatives and related research projects.

For more information about the Prescott College Center for Nature and Place-Based Early Childhood Education contact:

Director: Sarah Silver
Email: npece@prescott.edu or ssilver@prescott.edu

Program Coordinator: Ellen Bashor
Email: sifece@prescott.edu or ebashor@prescott.edu