Play in the Dirt Again: First of Its Kind Kids Playscape in NC

10-11-2011 // Stephanie Carroll Carson - Public News Service

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Work is in progress this week on an innovative approach to outdoor education for North Carolina children. The Charlotte Nature Museum is the site of the first of a series of planned natural play areas with a mission to expose children to outdoor activities, as well as educate their parents on how to turn their own backyards into places of fun for their kids.

The Charlotte Natural Playscape, expected to be finished by spring, is a result of a joint effort from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and Scotts Miracle-Gro, a maker of fertilizers and other gardening supplies.

Allen Cooper, coordinator for the National Play and Learning Areas project at NWF, explains the importance of outdoor play for children.

"There are a lot of benefits from doing things that we took for granted in our childhood. We're just looking for ways that we could make it easy for children to spend time in nature the way we used to."

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