Help Your Kids Develop

Critical Thinking & Self-Regulation

Through Outdoor STEAM Activities!

What is

Nature Matters ACADEMY?

Nature Matters Academy helps kids develop critical thinking and self-regulation skills so they can turn any experience into an opportunity to learn, grow, and have fun.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the #1 skill that companies look for in new employees, yet so few kids graduate high school with these skills. We walk along side you to develop critical thinking skills in your kids so they can reach their potential.

Hands-On STEAM

Every lesson includes fun, engaging, and hands-on activities that kids and parents love! We build STEM/ STEAM skills and confidence through real world experiences where kids get to practice critical thinking to answer questions and solve problems.

Outdoor Learning

We think outside the box of traditional education by getting kids outside where they have ample opportunities to solve real-world problems, explore things they're interested in, and thinking creatively through challenges. When outside, every distraction becomes a teachable moment.


So many of our smart, gifted, and twice exceptional kids suffer from a lack of self-awareness or self-regulation. We use lessons and strategies to help kids learn more about themselves and how they can leverage nature to self-regulate.

What We Offer PARENTS

  • Curriculum Boxes

    If you prefer learning at home WITH your kids, then our curriculum boxes are perfect for your family. The boxes come with everything that 2 people need to explore and learn about a topic together.


    Click here to see available curriculum boxes.

  • Programs (In-Person & Online)

    We know that many parents prefer for their kids to learn directly from experts. Because of this, we offer in-person and online programs where our scientists work directly with your kids - teaching them critical thinking skills through STEAM activities and helping reignite their love of learning.


    Click here to learn more about our in-person and online programs.

What Our Parents Are Saying:


Mom of 4 Kids, MISSOURI


Mom of Twins, TEXAS

Anne Marie

Mom of 3 Boys, NEW MEXICO


Mom of 2 Boys & Our Nature Coach, NEW MEXICO


Mom of 3 Girls, NEW MEXICO


Mom of 3 Boys, NEW MEXICO

DR. JENNY Lloyd-Strovas

Like you, I'm a mom and I want the best for my kids...

the best experiences, the best education, the best childhood.

Perhaps unlike you, I'm also a biologist who helps parents get their gifted kids off screens, outside, and learning so they can develop their strengths while practicing strategies to manage big emotions or difficult behaviors.


Because when they're outside and practicing their gifts, they ARE getting the right experiences, a good education, and an amazing childhood.

And I think you would agree that...


Our kids are growing up in a world that's disconnected. They have unlimited information at their fingertips and yet they aren't given opportunities to apply that information in the real world - to connect it to real life.


Smart and gifted kids NEED the opportunity to apply knowledge and solve problems, otherwise they become bored and disengage in their education.


Not only are our gifted kids missing out on opportunities to explore and discover things first hand, but their big emotions or challenging behaviors can be a huge roadblock.


The  research shows that being in nature can help with all of these!  It can push gifted kids in their strengths and help them manage and even grow in their challenges.


YOU can foster your kids' strengths while giving them the tools to manage their challenges. And we can show you how!

“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children's memories, the adventures we've had together in nature will always exist.”



Richard Louv

Author of "Last Child in the Woods"


Nature Matters Academy provides curriculum and programs for parents and teachers. It was built for kids, with kids.


It works well anywhere - in the classroom  (well, OUTSIDE the classroom), in out-of-school-time programs, and at home.

We're critical thinking. We're self-regulation. We're outdoors. We're STEAM. We're fun. We're hands-on. We're nature.


Real Experiences.

Real Learning.

Real Fun.

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