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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

Join the Outdoor Play Movement

What is it?

Why now?

Who is a part of this?

How can I contribute?

restless kids
Restless Kids?
  • Go Outside!
messy activity
Messy Activity?
  • Try it outside!
  • 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
  • The outdoors facilitates children's ability to expand their sense of wonder and spiritual connections.


north carolina s initial response
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 -
north carolina outdoor learning environments ole alliance
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)
ole alliance purpose
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
it s a ground swell
!!~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!
next steps
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
we need you
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

Play Outside!

Play Outside

Play Outside

Play Outside