Thursday, May 14, was the Keller Williams RED day, a day for all of their staff to offer service to the communities where they live in honor of the founder's birthday. This year Wake County Smart Start coordinated at least 80 volunteers who provided volunteer effort to all 8 POD-Wake Demonstration Childcare Centers. Natural Learning Initiative Staff joined the fun, helping to direct the planting of trees and shrubs and further renovations to the Outdoor Learning Environments at these sites. Learn more in this News and Observer article about the day.
View Robin Moore's presentation, Greening Urban Childhood, which was offered as part of the Fostering Connections with the Natural World Webinar series. The Biophilic Cities Project is out of the University of Virginia's School of Architecture and is focussed on the theory and practice of planning for biophilic cities.
Join us and see how naturalized outdoor environments offer children opportunities to engage with the natural world (plants, animals, rocks, air, water, weather phenomena) through self-motivated free play and learning experiences.
On May 28th, your POD-Wake and Wake County Smart Start colleagues shared their progress in creating rich, developmentally appropriate naturalized OLEs. Technical presentations, showcase displays, and a bus tour to three of eight POD-Wake OLEs demonstrated how the POD approach can lengthen time outdoors, increase physcial activity, engage children in gardening, and support outdoor learning.
Creating environments for healthy human development and a healthy biosphere for generations to come.
Increasing numbers of children are losing contact with the natural world. The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.