Capstone Project Title
Liz Denn and Jan Zapata
The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can a nature-based setting support inquiry learning in early childhood education? It documents the author’s professional experiences and how they provided inspiration for the capstone topic and project. The author complies research that examines learning environments in early childhood education, curriculum to support learning in a nature-based setting, and partnerships involved to ensure outdoor learning success. The project includes a complete researched based proposal plan and presentation to transform a courtyard space within a school, into a nature-based classroom. The proposal plan highlights the benefits of nature-based spaces for early childhood students, detailed blueprint designs accompanied by a list of materials, and an estimated budget along with grant and funding options. This paper concludes with the author’s reflection of the capstone process, the implications, and limitations of this project, and how this project can be expanded for future growth. The author found that a nature-based setting within a public school not only helps promote inquiry- based learning but provides the young learners of a community the opportunity to learn outdoors.
Community Building, Early Childhood, Proposal, Nature- Based Learning
Zapata, Alaina, "Developing A Proposal Plan To Create Nature-Based Classrooms In Early Childhood Settings To Support Inquiry Learning" (2023). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 928.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects