What’s New

Project Nature

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder

Playing and exploring outdoors can improve a child’s overall health and wellbeing.  But not all children and families have access to nature​. ​Racism, economic inequality, and lack of awareness are some of the barriers that impact nature contact for children.

Project Nature wants to break down these barriers to connect all children with better health.​ We seek to​ ​engage children early in life with advice and tools from health professionals in the clinic and ​resources online​.​ ​Project Nature also conducts public health research projects to more fully understand the health benefits of nature contact and deepen its knowledge of conditions that hold families back.

What is Project Nature?

Backed by pediatricians, Project Nature strives to empower families and child caregivers to explore nature with children, with a goal to reach families with the most barriers and greatest need.

Our approach includes:

  • Tools for outdoor play and exploration and information physicians can share in wellchild visits to help parents and caregivers familiarize kids with nature and build excitement for the outdoors.
  • Web-based resources such as outdoor places and activities finders, helping parents and caregivers discover nature across Washington and just outside their doors.
  • Social media engagement for parents, caregivers and Project Nature partners to share information and build community.

Project Nature will gather research to help support this work and spread the benefits for children through its network of partners.



New Grant for BestStart Washington!

BestStart Washington received a grant from the Washington State Department of Early Learning to support the Coalition for Safety and Health in Child Care (CSHEL) in connecting Infant Nurse Consultants, Head Start and ECEAP health professionals working throughout Washington state.

A new name, a focused mission

Community Pediatric Foundation of Washington has been renamed as BestStart Washington to better reflect our focus on advancing the health and wellbeing of children. We are committed to moving forward deliberately and strategically to engage others in our mission as we work to address critical health and development issues facing Washington children.