The Art of Play Early Learning & Discovery Center has earned national recognition as a Certified Nature Explore Classroom from the Nature Explore program, which is a division of Dimensions Educational Research Foundation.

This certification confers on The Art of Play a number of benefits, including membership in an ever-expanding network of more than 400 like-minded spaces nationwide. These Certified Nature Explore Classrooms foster highly effective, nature-based outdoor learning. With research-based and nature-rich learning The Art of Play offers a wonderful example to programs and educators throughout the country.” said Heather Fox, director of communications and outreach for the Nature Explore program. “These spaces inspire hands-on activity, creativity, play and plenty of time exploring the natural world.”

These unique outdoor classrooms—which are springing up like wildflowers across the country—offer interactive elements such as musical instruments made of natural materials, garden or pathway areas, and natural materials for building and creating art. Research consistently shows that children who learn and grow in Nature Explore Classrooms exhibit enhanced concentration, develop creativity and problem solving techniques, manage stress in healthy ways and develop skills across the spectrum of academic and creative learning.

Nature Explore Classrooms were developed by a team of master educators, landscape architects and researchers in response to the documented growing disconnect between children and nature. The classrooms help fill this void by integrating research-based outdoor learning opportunities into children’s daily lives. Classrooms that are designed according to standards and principles described in Dimensions Educational Research Foundation’s Learning With Nature Ideas Book are eligible to become Certified Nature Explore Classrooms.

More information about The Art of Play Early Learning & Discovery Center and The Nature Explore certification may be found at

About Dimensions Educational Research Foundation: The mission of the Dimensions Educational Research Foundation is to transform children's lives through meaningful daily connections with nature. Its Nature Explore team provides research-based outdoor classroom design services, educator workshops and natural products. More information about Dimensions is available at

The Art of Play Early Learning & Discovery Center 

Receives National Recognition

as a 

Certified Nature Explore Classroom

The Art of Play

For more information, contact:
Lana Gilson (402-873-8709)

Early Learning And Discovery Center