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Kids & Company

Previous owners constructed many custom wooden features in the OLE. NLI added value to the existing space, using best practice design principles to guide decision making.

Elements such as tree stumps, new plantings, and loose parts provide connections to the natural world.  A new five-foot wide trike track in the preschool outdoor learning environment provides circulation between settings, including a stage and a boat used for sand play. A large vegetable garden with raised beds provides plenty of opportunity for children to garden and learn about food production.

Future plans include a play hill with slide, more plantings along fences and between settings, a large play train, and continued management of existing features. Kids and Company will continue to incrementally develop their outdoor learning environment and invest in children’s healthy futures.


Address: 4304 Henson Drive Wilmington, NC 28405
Phone Number: (910) 799-3556
County: New Hanover
Permit Type: Four Star Center License
Website: Visit Website

With the grass planted on preschool grounds, the children can now run in the play area without getting muddy. We planted 6 trees and blueberry bushes. Teachers and parents have loved the blueberry bushes.

Kids & Company

Before Renovation

After Renovation

Outdoor Learning Environment

Safe Place Schematic

Local Partnership for Children

Partnership Name: New Hanover Partnership for Children
Partnership Address: 3001-B Wrightsville Ave. Wilmington, NC 28403
Partnership Phone: (910) 815-3731
Partnership Website: Visit Website