Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World


Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children to the Natural World


Hosted by BU Alumni Association and the Documentation Studio @ The Earl Center for Innovation & Learning

Nature play can awaken children’s senses, challenge their bodies, inspire their imaginations and build self-confidence. In order to grow up healthy and happy, children need abundant, unstructured time to play and explore in the natural world, but today’s children rarely have the opportunity to roam free outdoors. Bringing nature to the places where children spend their time is an answer.

Well-designed nature play spaces are inviting and endlessly engaging for children AND good for the planet. With rich, inspiring images from around the world, Nancy Striniste (Wheelock’81) explains why and how to bring the beauty, adventure, and sustainability of nature play to backyards, schoolyards, churchyards, neighborhood parks, early childhood settings, and more.

Nancy, founder and principal designer at EarlySpace, LLC, has a unique background as both a landscape designer and an early childhood educator. She has worked with schools, childcare centers, municipalities and organizations to create sustainably designed natural play and learning spaces and to teach teachers and others about how to use the outdoors for teaching and learning. A book signing will follow the discussion. To learn more visit:

On display in the Documentation Studio is a new corner dedicated to using natural materials in early childhood education. To learn more visit


4:30pm on Thursday, May 2nd 2019

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The Documentation Studio, 180 Riverway on the BU Fenway Campus



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