Mission and Core Values

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to transform children’s lives through meaningful daily connections with nature

Our Core Values Define Who We Are


We strive for the highest quality in all that we do.

“Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.” – Ralph Marston


We hold ourselves accountable to the highest ethical standards.

“Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.” – Don Galer


We create cutting-edge approaches to teaching and learning.

“(One’s) mind, stretched to a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


We use an interdisciplinary team approach that provides perspectives through partnerships.

“We will surely get to our destination if we join hands.” – Aung San Sun Kyi

Discovery Learning

We promote a life-long process of discovering the world from new perspectives.

“The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”  – Marcel Proust

Research-Based Framework

The foundation of our work is the use of a rigorous research methodology based on close observation of children and teachers over time.

“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra


We embrace the plurality and diversity of our world.

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

International Outreach

We are committed to sharing our knowledge and resources with the world.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


We nurture the health and well-being of our organization as we work toward the health and well-being of our world.

“We are all weaving the future on the loom of today.” – Grace Dawson