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TEDxMileHigh Talk on Affordable Natural Outdoor Playgrounds for Preschoolers

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A TEDx talk by a Colorado expert on how outdoor play for preschool children enhances learning and has lasting health benefits of outdoor play.

In the 12-minute talk, Sarah Konradi speaks as a parent, landscape architect and director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Initiative, ECHO is renovating more than two dozen outdoor spaces at Colorado child care centers, preschools and public spaces to engage youngsters in outdoor play in nature.

The average child spends only seven minutes in unstructured outdoor play every day.  Konradi discusses the health problems, including obesity and stress, in today’s preschool age children that reflect the lack of daily outdoor play.

“Many of those health problems can be prevented through daily contact with nature at a young age,” she says in the TEDx talk. “Nature boosts our immune systems, reduces stress, motivates us and generally improves out health. So, let’s bring nature to places where children are every day.”

If you’d like to learn more about ECHO and redesigning outdoor spaces for young children, attend the Second Annual ECHO Summit, Oct. 13, 9 am to 3 pm at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York St.  For additional information on the Summit or to register, visit:

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