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Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Learning the World: The Outdoor Classroom Project brings Outdoor Education to Early Childhood Centers

Click HERE for a Santa Maria Sun feature story on the Outdoor Classroom Project and Allan Hancock College. Thanks to Joe Payne for covering this innovative approach to early childhood education.

Where's the best place to learn about outdoor classrooms? In an outdoor classroom, of course!

Adults Learning in the Outdoor Classroom

by Eric M. Nelson Here are some photos of participants in the 3rd annual Nature Explore / Outdoor Classroom Project Leadership Institute at the Arbor Day Foundation’s Lied Lodge in Nebraska City, Nebraska. At this dynamic, interactive Read more

A once empty ashphalt area is now a fully developed outdoor classroom.

A Little Center That Can, Part 3

(Part 3: Securing Long Term Change) By Eric Nelson. In our previous segments we saw how Sara Bautista’s leadership and commitment to personal growth drove changes at her Aliso State Preschool.  However, Aliso stands out Read more

Outdoor Classroom Specialist trainings build leadership skills and subject matter expertise.

A Little Center That Can, Part 2

(Part 2: Momentum) By Eric Nelson. Site director Sara Bautista’s commitment to personal growth was a key success factor in enhancing the quality of Aliso State Preschool. Already an accomplished professional with a Masters degree Read more

From the beginning, Aliso State Preschool offered a beautiful, natural, welcoming entryway.

A Little Center That Can, Part 1

(Part1: Getting Started) By Eric Nelson There are over 150 child care centers in Santa Barbara County.  Each is unique and each has special stories of challenges and successes.  Tucked away in a far corner Read more

Outdoor classroom spaces come in many shapes and sizes.

Are You Convinced Yet? Young Children Need Lots of Time Outdoors

by Theresa Embry During recent visits to local child care centers participating in the Outdoor Classroom Project, I’ve been hearing a lot of enthusiasm from directors and teachers: “We don’t need convincing that the children Read more