The Children’s Nature Institute
For 27 years, The Children’s Nature Institute (CNI) has fostered children’s natural sense of wonderment through the use of hands-on exploration to discover the natural world, and by encouraging children to ask, “Why?”
CNI’s nature education programs provide young children eight years of age and younger with an experiential learning environment. Whether our Environmental Educators are digging in the dirt looking for worms or roly-polies, looking closely at the bark of a tree to discover a line of ants, spraying a spider web with water to see it glisten in the sunlight, or comparing and contrasting the textures of different leaves, we experience nature through observation and exploration.
Our Environmental Educators encourage an open forum for group discussion with the children about discoveries made out on the nature trail during our nature hikes and classroom visits. As a result, the children may hear different ideas from their peers and discover answers to their questions together.