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Outdoor Play and Safety

  • Children and Nature Network
    Created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature. C&NN provides access to the latest news and research in the field and a peer-to-peer network of researchers and individuals, educators and organizations dedicated to children's health and well-being.
  • Connecting Kids and Nature
    Information, tools, and inspiration provided to motivate caregivers and families to get children and themselves outside. The National Wildlife Federation recommends that parents give their children a "Green Hour" every day, a time for unstructured play and interaction with the natural world.
  • NC Office of Environmental Education
    Clearinghouse linking people to environmental education materials, facilities, programs and professionals across North Carolina
  • National Program for Playground Safety
    NPPS serves as a national resource for the latest educational and research information on playground safety.
  • Nature-Based Learning and Development
    Nature play is important for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, families, early educators, and communities. New research indicates that children who regularly play in nature are growing up healthy, smart, and happy. Stories from the field show positive examples of Head Start and Early Head Start centers who have found a way to include nature in their daily lives. Resources from the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC).
  • North Carolina Children and Nature Coalition
    NCCAN!'s goals are to get children and their families to explore, embrace and spend more time outdoors. This encourages the education, mental and physical well-being of all people, especially children, strengthens families, and provides long-term benefits for our society and the natural world.
  • North Carolina Playground Safety Train-the-Trainer
    This website is designed for trainers in North Carolina who are providing playground safety training for early care and education programs - in order for them to meet the NC Child Care Requirements.
  • Playground
    Safety Tips, Resources, and Research Papers from Safe Kids Worldwide
  • The Natural Learning Initiative
    NLI promotes the importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) ~Playgrounds
    Safety Alerts, Playground Safety Guides, and Additional Resources on Playgrounds in English and Spanish

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