The Children at Play Network will host a workshop on Natural Materials and Natural Play Environments from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 7th at Bernheim as the fourth in its series of Nature Play Training Institutes.
Providing children with opportunities to play in quality outdoor play environments that put them in direct contact with natural materials supports healthy child development. Research links outdoor play and connection to nature with improved health, improved cognitive abilities and greater resilience.
This workshop uses media presentations, small group activities and large group conversations to provide a better understanding of the specific benefits of nature-based play along with strategies and skills to implement new or improve existing play in child care programs, parks and in the home. This workshop is for educators, parents and advocates interested in promoting the outdoor play movement throughout the region.
The two-hour workshop is state-approved for continuing education for early childhood educators through the ECE-TRIS system. Each workshop is $20. Registration must be made in advance by calling 502-955-8512.
Natural Materials and Natural Play Environments
Thursday, June 7
Location: Sassafras Room – Bernheim Visitor Center
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.