Connecting with other nature-based educators & improving your nature-based teaching just got easier!

You’re just a few clicks away from the quality training, advice, and support you’ve been seeking


→ You value the idea of nature-based teaching and learning, but don’t know where to start

→ You have a nature-based program, but it’s not going as well as you’d like or you’re looking for ways to grow and improve

→ You have no time to wade through the seemingly endless information about children and nature to improve your teaching and/or coach your team

→ You have a limited budget and yet want professional growth by connecting with other like-minded professionals

Thankfully, all of that is behind you…

Introducing The Grove!

The Grove is designed to help you move the needle toward your goals around nature-based early childhood education.

The step-by-step journeys, courses, and library of resources will ensure you feel empowered and relaxed to make the change you want to make in your program.

We support educators serving children in the early years (ages 0-8) whether they work with infants and toddlers, PreK, or K-3. 

The Grove membership includes:

✔️ Step-by-step guide for integrating nature into the early childhood classroom to avoid costly mistakes and time-wasters

✔️ Deep dives into nature-based teaching and operations through monthly live Focused Call presentations (think “webinar”) & self-paced mini-courses to continue to reflect on and refine practice

✔️ Tailored, confidential support from Dr. Rachel Larimore through 1-on-1 conversations and monthly drop-in office hours

✔️ A library of downloadable documents such as articles, workbooks, & templates to focus your efforts and save you time

✔️ Exclusive Resources & Perks (because who doesn’t like a good coupon?!)

✔️ Downloadable certificates so you get credit for your professional learning

✔️ Conversations with and presentations by a variety of guest experts in nature-based education including: Amy Butler, Outside OT (Nicole Gordon & Lis Duckworth), Dr. Claire Warden, Bridget Butler the BirdDiva, and Harriet Hart

Meet The Grove host

The Grove is hosted by Rachel A. Larimore, Ph.D., an author, speaker, and scholar, and Chief Visionary of Samara Early Learning. The Grove is a service of Samara Early Learning, a business focused on helping educators start nature-based schools or add the nature-based approach to their existing program.

Rachel is the author of three books including Establishing a Nature-Based Preschool and Preschool Beyond Walls: Blending Early Childhood Education and Nature-Based Learning. Her passion, expertise, and work focuses on the integration of nature into early childhood education for young children’s whole development.

Prior to establishing Samara Early Learning, Rachel founded one of the nation’s earliest nature-based preschools in mid-Michigan along with leading the creation of a partnership with the local school district to create a nature-based kindergarten and first grade within the public school system.

Rachel earned her Doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education from Michigan State University, where her research focuses on nature-based early childhood education. She also serves on the advisory board of the Natural Start Alliance.

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If you’re ready to take your nature-based program to the next level by joining The Grove, simply choose your payment option below and click the button to join us…

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$27 Per Month

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$270 Per Year

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