Outdoor Playful Inquiry explores the value of play and how play is associated with learning. Asking questions, playing with ideas, experimentation and exploration are a part of play and often the beginnings of inquiry. Playful approaches to learning allow students to initiate investigations which can increase motivation, engagement, and provide opportunities to explore their questions. We will look at ways to incorporate play and playwork theory into environmental investigations and strategies for incorporating nature play into curriculum. We will also discuss the benefits of nature play and being outdoors, even during these uncertain times. This interactive session is for anyone who works with children and young people in both formal and informal settings. Be prepared to play!
Presenter: Linda KinneyLinda manages N.C. Zoo’s Nature Play, Camps, and School programs. She received her MA in Play Theory and Playwork from the University of Gloucestershire in England to supplement her work on approaches to facilitating play and playful learning, especially in outdoor environments. Linda is committed to supporting children’s outdoor play opportunities and can often be found playing outside.
About the EENC Webinar SeriesThanks to our amazing donors this spring, EENC is launching a fall webinar series to help environmental educators continue to build skills during the COVID pandemic. Throughout the series, we hope to cover a wide range of topics. Webinars may focus on lesson plans, curricula development, technology and virtual learning, naturalist skills/knowledge, educator self-care or environmental education operations such as communications, strategic planning for your program/department, risk management, or equity and inclusion.
Webinar registration is free and open to anyone to attend, but is limited to 100 participants.
Webinar will qualify for Criteria III and continuing education for NC DEQ EE Certificate.
A recording of the webinar will be sent to attendees afterward. It will also be posted on EENC's members-only page - so if you're an EENC member and not able to attend during the scheduled time, no need to register!
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