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NC Zoo Society partners with T-Mobile to provide workshop on playful learning

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ASHEBORO —  The NC Zoo Society partnered with T-Mobile to provide an educator workshop on how to incorporate more outdoor play in nature into classroom curricula.


T-Mobile is supporting the North Carolina Zoo Playful Pedagogy program with a $20,000 sponsorship. The goal of the project is to support adults working with children in acquiring fresh perspectives on their approach to engaging with children outdoors. 

The “Play in Practice Workshop” for formal and informal educators from across the state took place Dec. 4, 2021, at the North Carolina Zoo. The workshop was led by Linda Kinney, the Zoo’s Nature Play and School Programs manager. 

“This workshop focuses on ways educators can nurture creativity and imagination,” said Kinney. “Even though we don’t often think of play and school going together, supporting children’s playful dispositions can bring about wonderful learning opportunities. Being outdoors is so important to our children’s health and wellbeing.”

The North Carolina Zoo education team will also feature Playful Pedagogy through videos and activities on the “Adventures in EdZOOcation” Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/EdZOOcation/) during the week of Dec. 27, 2021 for all to see, thanks to T-Mobile’s support.