OutdOOr learning enviRonments
Provide the best possible environment for your growing child. Let them explore, learn and grow in an interactive outdoor learning village. Our unique outdoor learning environments (OLE) allow children to expand their knowledge through natural experiences. Oak Village Academy brings a new definition to the meaning of outside time.
Naturalizing Outdoor Learning Environments means bringing back trees, shrubs, plants, vines, and other natural items for children to enjoy and to encourage healthy development. A child’s engagement with nature encourages experiences that allow for learning in a natural way.
The Natural Learning Initiative is a research and professional development unit at the College of Design, NC State University, Raleigh, NC, USA. The mission of the Natural Learning Initiative is to help communities create stimulating places for play, learning, and environmental education—environments that recognize human dependence on the natural world.
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.