Outdoor and nature play in early childhood education have numerous benefits to children's sense of curiosity, in creating opportunities for them to embrace connecting with their environment and follow their ideas and wonderment. This presentation will provide an overview of ways in which outdoor environments support children in their development and quest for exploration, experimentation and discovery. Concepts such as tinkering, curiosity cycles, design thinking, 21st century skills, provocations, pedagogical documentation, and strategies to advance outdoor and nature across the seasons will be presented.
Dr. Beverlie Dietze is the Director of Learning and Applied Research at Okanagan College. She is a lead researcher on a number of research projects focused on examining strategies to advance children’s outdoor play through training and space design. She is the author of seven textbooks related to play and children’s programming and has several peer-reviewed articles published on early childhood and adult education topics. She is the recent publisher of the Play Outdoors magazine. Beverlie is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Toronto. Follow her on Twitter @PlayDietze