Why is direct experience of the natural world important for young children? How can landscape architects become effective leaders in the children and nature movement and promote landscape design as an evidence-based preventive health strategy? Who are the clients? The webinar will identify opportunities for landscape architects to be involved in creating nature-based spaces in early childhood institutions. Key design concepts, strategies, and principles will be introduced that may lead to successful design solutions.
Understand the potential magnitude for influencing environmental literacy and stewardship ethics by creating early childhood nature play and learning spaces.
Review latest research findings supporting strategies to increase young children’s physical activity and consumption of fresh produce in designed environments.
Become conversant with the principles for designing and managing effective early childhood outdoor spaces and their role in healthy child development.
Learn about successful North Carolina strategies to educate childcare center regulators about design and management practices to increase quality of
Understand how landscape architects can partner with public health and child development sectors to contribute to healthy child development and expand practice options.the Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE).