OLE! Texas Resources
The following OLE! Texas resources are available: Professional development opportunities for designers, a child-friendly plant list, (check “child friendly box) development of demonstration sites and The Regulatory Framework for Outdoor Learning Environments in Texas Childcare Facilities. [pdf]
Texas early childcare and education facilities (demonstration sites) that have improved outdoor learning environments are in Austin, Harris County, Lubbock, and San Antonio. Demonstration sites received a schematic from trained designers who completed the Natural Learning Initiative’s online “Designing Early Childhood Outdoor Environments” course and participated in a design workshop practicum.
Designer Training and Network
Designers can receive education and training to help implement the OLE! Texas initiative throughout the state. Texas Tech University is managing a two-part process in collaboration with the Natural Learning Initiative that includes an online training course and participation in a design workshop practicum. It is open to individuals with site design experience, including landscape architects, architects, design/build firms, landscape designers, master gardeners and others.
Texas Tech University also is developing a designer network to link trained designers with interested ECE programs. Join the designer network after completing OLE! Texas designer trainings. Learn how to be an OLE! Texas trained designer. [pdf]
Other Resources and Publications
CDC – Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity: Data, Trends and Maps
Texas Children in Nature – Nature Rocks Texas
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department – Growing Up Wild | Natural Play
Water related – Texas SmartScape
Natural Learning Initiative
- The Green Desk
- TED Talk: What Nature Teaches Children [14:53 minutes]
National Wildlife Federation Programs
- Butterfly Heroes
- Ranger Rick Outdoor Activities
- TEDxTalk: Designing Playgrounds for Healthier, Happier Kids [12:04 min]
Nature Play at Home: A Guide for Boosting Your Children’s Healthy Development and Creativity [pdf]
Children and Nature Network (National)
External links to other sites are intended to be informational and do not have the endorsement of the Texas Department of State Health Services. These sites may not be accessible to people with disabilities.