605. Outdoor Learning Environments: Breakthroughs in Quality

Date: Wednesday July 13, 2016
Time: 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Grand Salon 19 (1st floor)
Speakers: Allen Cooper, National Wildlife Federation
Cari Browning, Texas Department of State Health Services
Anna Carter, Child Care Services Asssociation
Linda Hestenes, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The outdoor learning environment is a forgotten resource in most quality rating systems, even though a growing body of research associates rich, natural outdoor learning environments with positive outcomes in child  nutrition, learning, physical activity, and mental health. The session will review research on child development benefits of outdoor learning environments, best practice indicators for outdoor learning environment design, and policy innovations from North Carolina, Texas, and Pennsylvania.

Resources: application/pdf icon605OutdoorLearning.pdf