Outdoor Play and Nature Webinar Series

The OTHER Learning Environment: Meeting the Head Start Outcomes Framework Outdoors!

Learn how to tap into the power of nature to reach and teach all children while meeting The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework. Join HSBS and Child Development and Management Specialist, Betsy Thigpen for this informative webinar. Appropriate for preschool educators and administrators, the webinar will also offer important insights for care providers, family members and infant and toddler specialists.

Natural Playgrounds: The Ins & Outs from Design to Safety

Join HSBS and Playground Consultant/Physical Activity Consultant JC Boushh to explore the "Ins & Outs" of Natural Playgrounds. These dynamic playspaces offer environments rich in learning, play, exploration and movement opportunities. This webinar will review current U.S. Playground Safety Guidelines and how they apply and do not apply to Natural Playgrounds, educate participants on how to design, install, and supervise their Natural Playgrounds, and how to prepare for a Certified Playground Safety Inspection of the playscape environment.

Enhancing Your Outdoor Play Space

Learn about the elements of a high quality outdoor play space, review the HSBS Play Space Assessment, and receive an overview of the 2010 HSBS Play Space Grant application process. This webinar is designed for Head Start Centers who anticipate applying for the 2010 HSBS Play Space Grant Award.

Loose Parts -- Play in Pieces!

Join HSBS Physical Activity Consultant, JC Boushh as he discusses the what, why and how of using loose parts in your outdoor play space. Get fresh ideas and inspiration to increase the play potential of your space and ignite the imagination of young children. This 30 minute webinar is appropriate for Head Start and early childhood educators and staff, as well as parents of preschoolers.