At Community Seedlings we align ourselves with the work of many naturalists working in the field of Early Childhood Education. Rusty Keeler of Earthplay/Planet Earth Playscapes has stated: “All our work is guided by play. Play is absolutely crucial for healthy development of the children’s brains, bodies, and spirits. So many kids today are deprived of the basic right to play, as academic and social pressures displace unstructured free time. Kids need to mess around, to experiment, to imagine, and to take some risks! It is our mission to help create beautiful environments that support children’s right to play outside.” We are aligned with this support for children’s daily experiences in the natural world, and have provided them with outdoor classrooms in which to learn, test ideas, and observe the natural world.