Inspire Development Centers (Inspire) operates 28 early childhood education centers across Washington, including Head Start, Migrant and Seasonal Head Start, and Early Head Start programs. In 2014, Inspire secured a $2,000 grant from a local Lowe’s home improvement store for seeds and supplies to develop an outdoor “Dream Garden” at one of their center locations. The garden plan included vegetable planting and cultivation activities designed to get children outside in nature and to help them learn about their environment and the origins of healthy food. Inspire staff at the center observed that children were not only developing a better understanding about nutrition and the science of growing food, but also experiencing behavioral and emotional benefits from spending time outdoors in nature. (author abstract)
Creating outdoor green spaces: Promoting outdoor learning and environmental exploration for Head Start children
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