Outdoor learning environments encourage diversity of children’s play experience and contribute to healthy development. Plants offers a variety of experiences and discoveries by stimulating their senses, providing loose parts for creative play, and encouraging children to crawl, jump, and tunnel as they connect to the natural cycles around them.
This program will review research relating to the benefits nature has on child development. Parents, educators, and landscape designers will learn which plants enhance learning experiences in early childhood programs, schoolyard classrooms, and backyards. The plants highlighted are approved for childcare licensure and balance qualities that engage children with plant selection and care practicalities.