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Join the Outdoor Play Movement What is it? Why now? Who is a part of this? How can I contribute? Restless Kids? Go Outside! Messy Activity? Try it outside! Science, Math or Reading Time? Do them Outside! Too Much TV for Kids? Go Outside! Fearing the Results of Child Inactivity?

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Join the Outdoor Play Movement

What is it?

Why now?

Who is a part of this?

How can I contribute?


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Restless Kids?

  • Go Outside!


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Messy Activity?

  • Try it outside!





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Why?

  • Children who are exposed to natural environments attend better for longer periods of time

  • Children learning about how they fit in the world fare better outside


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Research

  • The outdoors facilitates children's ability to expand their sense of wonder and spiritual connections.

    (Bohlink-Phillippi)


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North Carolina’s Initial Response

  • Gather a group of professionals to work on it!

  • Divide into work groups

  • Call yourself by a name - Outdoor Learning Environments Alliance

  • Report back, Solve this!!

  • Start a website - http://www.osr.nc.gov/OLE


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North Carolina Outdoor Learning Environments (OLE) Alliance

  • Three work groups

    • Professional Development & Technical Assistance

    • Policy & Regulation

    • Public Awareness & Advocacy

  • Leadership Team (2 reps from each work group)


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OLE Alliance Purpose

  • To improve the quality of outdoor environments for children in child care and public school pre-K settings through the state.

    • Organizational collaboration

    • Stay abreast of developments

    • Policy recommendations

    • Professional guidance and technical assistance

    • Advocacy for high quality outdoor environments


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!!~It’s a Ground Swell~!!

  • Research is emerging daily

  • Practices must change from “recess” to enhanced learning spaces

  • Teacher education is needed

  • Additional tools and strategies are needed

  • Families and other professional groups must join ECE!


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Next Steps

  • Resource list already compiled

  • Logo and public awareness available

  • Research bullets available

  • Establishing baseline of current conditions and practices

  • Identification of model settings


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We need you!

  • Join a work group

  • Stay in touch with what is happening

  • Question your own practices

  • Become familiar with suggested resources

  • Incorporate new practices and language


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Play Outside!

Play Outside

Play Outside

Play Outside


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