NCK is insured by:

Francis Dean  Insurance

Nature Club has been exposing children to enriching outdoor lessons in science and art since 2009.

If children came with tags like plants, the label would say: "Grow in an enriching environment with extended doses of sun, shade, flowers, puddle play, mud-pies, fireflies, campfire stories, butterflies, ladybugs, etc."  We strive to foster a love of Nature through back yard discoveries, 

explorations and observations. Just like processed foods are not ideal for health;  processed indoor environments are not conducive to optimal learning experiences.  We love to spend time amidst the complex and dynamic backyard world.  Real children are invigorated in  real nature- sunlight, trees, insects, bird songs, and earth. 




Nature Club Kids join together to learn about and explore the flora and fauna in their own school & backyards.​  "We cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love something we do not know, and we cannot know what we do not sense."  Bird Language, Orienting Skills; Primitive Technology; etc. are just a few ways Nature Club Kids connect with their ecosystem.  


  • Outdoor Classroom/Garden
  • Small-Group Projects & Ephemeral Art
  • Scientific Discoveries
  • Emergent Curriculum

Respect for living things

Nature Immersion

Authentic Learning Experiences 


571.839.8896   Arlington, VA   




Ann Marie Douglass has been an early childhood educator for 14 years.  She is an Arlington Regional Master Naturalist and Tree Steward.  She is a Project Learning Tree facilitator and has been trained via the Arbor Day Foundation on the utilization of outdoor classrooms to meet K-5th curricular objectives.  Ann Marie just completed the Art of Mentorship program via Wilderness Awareness School in WA.   


Our goal in Nature Club is to absorb children in fun, earth-loving activities that facilitate their stewardship towards the nature that surrounds them- from ants to rainbows.  Loving what your backyard has to offer leads to loving the rainforest and the conservation of our natural resources.  Living in an urban area with heavy doses of screen time begs for balance in finding wonders among the natural rhythms of the seasons.