• Do you want to create childhood memories that will last a lifetime?

  • Do you want to give your child a STEM advantage? (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

  • Do you want your kids to feel connected to nature and have a desire to care for it?

  • Do you want your kids to have a good, wholesome upbringing that makes them happier & healthier?

Nature Matters Academy is a program that encourages family connectedness, STEM learning, and environmental stewardship.

We curate the types of memories that childhoods are made of.

In Nature Matters Academy we build rock towers, search for bees, climb trees, and make crafts with nature treasures. We also learn a little about the science along the way!

We're here to help you create memories that will last a lifetime. We do that by providing you with all the information you need to get outside with your kids. This means you get to focus on the experience and not all the prep work. Here are a few examples:

  • Weekly email with a STEM nature lesson
  • Weekly email with a nature craft idea
  • Weekly email with a nature challenge
  • Monthly challenge log where kids can win prizes
  • Packing checklists
  • How-to's for getting outside
  • Support

We give your child a STEM advantage.

(Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics)

What makes Nature Matters Academy different is that this program is centered on STEM learning outside and the curriculum is designed by a scientist. We know that it's imperative for kids to start developing STEM knowledge, skills, and confidence at an early age. We also know that some parents aren't comfortable teaching STEM subjects.

So, we make it easy for you. Every week, we provide a STEM nature lesson with explicit instructions, the science summarized on a single page, and videos to help you learn the material.

Here is a small sample of topics covered in Nature Matters Academy:

  • Lizards and How to Catch Them
  • Serenading Soundscapes (all about soundscape ecology)
  • Is a Lady Bug a Bug?
  • Moth Madness
  • How to Measure the Height of a Tree
  • Home Sweet Habitat

We foster environmental stewardship and connectedness in families.

I research the human/nature connection. Specifically, I study what types of experiences people need at different ages that will lead to environmental literacy - what people know, how they feel, and how they act toward the environment.

Nature Matters Academy is full of the types of experiences that will help your child become a steward of our natural resources. These are a few of the experiences that we help curate for your family:

  • Consistent outdoor time
  • Nature challenges and games
  • STEM nature curriculum
  • Nature workbooks
  • Fun nature crafts

We support good, wholesome upbringings that make kids happier & healthier.

Research shows that nature makes our kids happier, healthier, and smarter!

Specifically, scientific studies provide evidence that time in nature can:

  • Increase brain development
  • Improve social behaviors
  • Decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity (ADHD symptoms)
  • Decrease the risk for obesity
  • Decrease blood pressure and heart rate
  • Decrease stress hormones like cortisol
  • Improve our immune system by increasing natural killer cells
  • AND make us nicer!

Want to see some of the curriculum for yourself?

In the video below, I show you a few STEM lessons as well as our monthly nature challenges. If students complete their monthly nature challenge within 30 days, then they win a fun nature prize! One of our prizes is the "My Bird Book" shown in this video.

Nature Matters Academy is an online program that will get your family offline and outdoors! We'll guide you, step-by-step, through the process of connecting your children with nature. And you'll learn a little something along the way.

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What is Nature Matters Academy?

The foundation of Nature Matters Academy is built on three things: 1) developing our children's love for the natural world, 2) nurturing their health and happiness, and 3) encouraging quality family time.

We do this by giving parents the tools they need to get their kids outside and engaged with nature. This includes planning tips, checklists, STEM nature lessons, nature crafts and challenges, a community of support, and access to an expert in the field.

Nature Matters Academy will Make it Easier for you to:

spend more quality time as a family and less time planning. You'll always have something to do! In addition to weekly activities you'll get a monthly nature challenge log where your kids can win prizes. If you've ever been at a loss for ideas, you won't be anymore!

For less than a cup of coffee a week, you'll get all this and more:

  • STEM nature curriculum delivered weekly to your inbox.
  • Help planning nature activities so it’s easy to get out the door.
  • A monthly list of seasonal outdoor activities where your kids can win prizes.
  • A nature challenge and craft delivered weekly to your inbox.
  • Information on how nature makes your kids happier, healthier, & smarter.
  • Guidance, support, and encouragement from an expert in the field.
  • A lot more time and a lot less stress because you’ll have quick access to quality information.
  • Packing checklists that will have you out the door in no time!
  • A supportive community of like-minded parents to share ideas with.

A student in Nature Matters Academy walks us through the habitat of a Red-Tailed Hawk.

Home Sweet Habitat is one of the STEM nature lessons in the Nature Matters Academy curriculum.

Hi, I'm Dr. Jenny!

As a mom, I know the struggle of getting kids outside and engaged with nature. Pulling them away from the screen. What to actually DO when you’re out there. Sometimes it feels impossible to just get out the door.

For the last decade, I've worked as a biologist and professor, researcher, and outdoor guide. I've been involved in countless community education projects that teach ecology and environmental issues to families. I've had the pleasure of partnering with state-wide initiatives that focus on getting kids outside. What I've learned from these experiences can be found throughout Nature Matters Academy.

Join me as we connect our children with nature through STEM activities, crafts, challenges, and so much more! This program will help your child develop a love and curiosity for the natural world so they're more likely to care for it as adults.

With a few simple tweaks, we can intentionally and consistently infuse nature experiences into our kid’s lives, giving them (and our planet) a brighter future!

Heather Johnson

Nature Matters Academy not only provides inspiration to get out into the great outdoors, but it provides details to help make that experience positive and educational. Dr. Jenny is knowledgeable and creative. Her hands-on (and brains-on) activities are organized, thoughtful and easy to implement. Our family has really enjoyed and learned a lot from Nature Matters Academy. I recommend it to any families who are looking for solid outdoor learning activities. And you may just learn about the scientific process as well.

Heather Johnson Stay-at-Home Mom and Pediatric Home Health Nurse
Carmella Baterna

Dr. Jenny is fabulous with sharing tips on how to enjoy time outdoors with your kids and at the same time how to care for the environment. I love her posts and videos with her kids because I can totally relate. The membership site has loads of fun activities scheduled so a busy mom like me can stay on track and be guided in times that I run out of ideas for outdoor fun. It’s educational too since she explains all the activities in detail. My kids love learning from it. I highly recommend joining!

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Yun-A Johnson

I’ve been trying to raise my sons to love and care for the environment but I wasn’t quite sure how. We’d go outside a lot but more for a change of scenery (and sanity!) than learning about nature (also I don’t know much about wildlife) and we tend to do the same activities over and over. I love that Dr. Jenny gives suggestions for how to adjust activities depending on your children’s ages. Most of all, the activities are simple, fun, and close to home which was is SO nice because it takes the pressure off of feeling like I need to plan all day outings in order for my sons to ‘connect with’ nature.

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