Session Detail

Session Number:
B 7
10:30am - 12:00pm
Room Number:
M 1035
Christina Pickles
Session Host:
Kate Hipkin

Curriculum Focus:

Grade Level:
Outdoor play in the early years - connections for learning, well-being and nature
'Play is the work of the child' - learn about the research, benefits, the importance of natural place spaces, unstructured play and how to weave this into your teaching.
'Play is the work of the child,' and one of our key roles as educators is to create spaces that allow unstructured play that stimulates and engages young children, allowing them to directly experience the natural world as they follow ants and smell the flowers. Research shows that children who play outside in nature in the company of a caring adult – you! - are more likely to practice responsible environmental behavior when they grow up. In this session, you will learn about the research and benefits of active outdoor nature play, see what others have done, and consider how to weave this in your teaching.
Christina Pickles has been an environmental educator since 1998, and has been a Program Manager with ACEE since 2010. Her responsibilities with ACEE include leading our Get Outside and Play program, developing and delivering capacity-building workshops and conferences for teachers and agencies.

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