Brevard Early Head Start: IN-Service training with Rusty Keeler.
The Brevard county Early Head Start program staff has had the pleasure of participating in a full day training with Rusty Keeler on natural play space environments. Staff started their day actually experiencing nature as a young child would through a visit to a local botanical garden. This was a great start to the training because it put the teachers in the shoes of the child and changed their view and perspective on the world outside our doors. Some teachers started the day a bit hesitant, but everyone left, refreshed, relaxed and thinking about new ways to support exploration in nature.
An afternoon presentation of Mr. Keeler’s work, ideas, and brainstorming from staff provided a great starting point for staff to begin planning on ways to support outdoor experiences with nature, getting away from the toys and the climbers and moving toward sensory exploration and discovery through water, sand, plantings, gardens, trees, etc. Staff created implementation plans and had an increased appreciation for what the natural environment has to offer, not just the children, but adults too!
Natalie Jackson, Brevard Early Head Start