OutdOOr learning enviRonments

At Oak Village Academy, through the Natural Learning Initiative at NC State University, we have created unique outdoor learning environments (OLE) that encourage children to be active while participating in learning, play and environmental education.

Here, your child will explore and grow in our interactive outdoor learning village. This allows them to practice motor development skills in a fun, organic way with natural settings and materials. For example, an important aspect of our OLE program is gardening, which promotes sensory development, teaches responsibility and encourages healthy eating.

Oak Village Academy was one of the first preschools in the area with an emphasis on OLE as the basis of our campus design. With 75% of our day spent outdoors, experiential learning in the natural world extends and enhances your child’s developmental capacity. And for maximum benefit, we also have OLE-certified staff.

OutdOOr learning enviRonments

At Oak Village Academy, through the Natural Learning Initiative at NC State University, we have created unique outdoor learning environments (OLE) that encourage children to be active while participating in learning, play and environmental education.

Here, your child will explore and grow in our interactive outdoor learning village. This allows them to practice motor development skills in a fun, organic way with natural settings and materials. For example, an important aspect of our OLE program is gardening, which promotes sensory development, teaches responsibility and encourages healthy eating.

Oak Village Academy was one of the first preschools in the area with an emphasis on OLE as the basis of our campus design. With 75% of our day spent outdoors, experiential learning in the natural world extends and enhances your child’s developmental capacity. And for maximum benefit, we also have OLE-certified staff.

Eco-friendly Childcare

According to decades of scientific research surrounding early childhood development, children who foster a healthy relationship with nature are statistically proven to enjoy long-term developmental benefits.

Cognitive Abilities


  • Increased creativity and innovation
  • Increased problem-solving skills
  • Improved academic performance
  • Reduced instances of attention deficit disorder

Physical Benefits


  • Increased physical activity
  • Improved nutritional habits
  • Better eyesight

Social/ Emotional Improvements


  • Heightened social relations
  • Increased self-discipline
  • Reduced stress