NLI and Randolph County Partnership for Children Offer OLE Workshop
Shape NC: Next Steps in Your Community, a full day, hands-on training event held, included more than 50 participants from across the region, visits to four childcare centers in Randolph County that have recently developed their outdoor learning environments, and a workshop presented by the Natural Learning Initiative, Adding Value to Early Childhood Outdoor Play and Learning Environments: Top Ten Activity Settings. This workshop looked at how activity settings add value to the outdoor play and learning environments by supporting specific play and learning activities.
The addition of trees, shrubs, flowers, vegetables, and fruits further increases play and learning value by connecting children with nature and supporting healthy development. Participants gained an understanding of the value of compelling outdoor learning environments and how to implement appropriate settings to make the most of the outdoor experience.