Capstone Project Title
Settings that differ from the typical four-walled classroom have increased due to the recognition of nature-based learning from educators and researchers. With a strong focus on the rise in nature-based preschools, we see a lack of accessibility to quality experiences in nature-based programming for infants and toddlers. Through this project, I wanted to answer the question: how can an infant/toddler program designed to explore the benefits of nature-based learning reach San Antonio, TX families when created by a nature-based zoo preschool? To answer the research question, I explore resources highlighting key components in infant and toddler development, nature-based learning benefits, accessibility to nature-based learning, and types of nature-based programming. The project is a guidebook to an infant/toddler program at a nature-based zoo preschool that introduces families to four elements of nature-based learning: loose parts, mud play, sand play, and water play. Through an infant and toddler nature-based program, like this project, barriers can be eliminated and family members can understand nature-based learning and best practices for engaging and encouraging their children in nature activities. My goal is that this project can be implemented at the zoo preschool and encourages families to consider and participate in nature-based programs when starting their child’s educational journey.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice, Early Childhood, Parent Involvement, Nature-Based Learning
Garcia-Sanchez, Eileen, "Accessibility to Infant and Toddler Programming at a Nature-Based Zoo Preschool" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 923.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects