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Spring Webinar Series: Natural Play Spaces
Complete Webinar Series: Natural Play Spaces
This 3-part webinar series will help you make the most of outdoor learning in natural play spaces! From theory and research to daily practice, you will discover countless ways to explore, design and utilize natural play spaces. These spaces offer vital ways for young children to build skills while developing deeper connections with the natural world. (See complete descriptions for each webinar listed.) Registration includes: The Value of Natural Play Spaces; Planning Your Natural Play Space; and Loose Parts, Tools and Props.
Part 1: The Value of Natural Play Spaces | Thurs., April 20, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
There is a rich history of natural play spaces the world over. This webinar offers a survey of natural play spaces with a deeper look at substantial skill development linked with outdoor play. Research from academic sources will be offered throughout. If you want to know more about the proven value of natural play spaces, or if you need more talking points for parents, fellow colleagues or grants, this is great place to begin.
Part 2: Planning Your Natural Play Space | Thurs., May 4, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
You know that natural play spaces have significant benefits for young children. But how do you go about creating one? This is a quick and dirty intro to planning a natural play space, no matter your setting. We will walk through important design considerations, features, and ways to mobilize your learning community for support.
Part 3: Loose Parts, Tools and Props | Fri., May 5, 2017 | 3-4 p.m.
Yes, all the elements for meaningful learning are already right there in nature with no enhancement needed. But if you want to facilitate skill development in specific ways, then loose parts, tools and props can supplement outdoor learning experiences. This webinar explores a plethora of materials, tools and props with corresponding activities and processes that you will want to try!
Discover effective approaches for the meaningful integration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through playful outdoor learning. Though STEM is a buzzword in formal education now, STEM skill development has always been a benefit of exploration in the natural world. Inquiry-based theory meets practice during this six-week course. A dynamic combo of self-guided modules, webinars, interactive sharing and optional excursion ensure a stellar training experience. Expect to take inspiration from each other while learning many approaches and activities to try with your little ones.