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Join the Annual ECHO Summit to Build Outdoor Learning Environments

Together, the Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Initiative and ECCLA are building a supportive technical assistance network across Colorado. ECCLA engages our network of 34 Early Childhood Councils to deepen regional expertise around healthy outdoor learning environments and serves as a primary conduit to the early childhood education community to build recognition, participation, and support for ECHO. Learn more about this exciting partnership here.

This fall, ECHO will host an annual summit and interactive training opportunities to engage local communities across Colorado with tools to naturalize their outdoor learning environments.

ECHO Summit: Wild & Curious

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The third annual Early Childhood Health Outdoors (ECHO) Summit on October 26 will offer presentations by leading professionals in the fields of conservation, and early childhood education, and outdoor hands-on activities showcasing innovative ideas and concepts participants can implement in their own settings.

During this full-day event at Denver Botanic Gardens, participants will learn innovative ways to support curiosity in natural outdoor play environments, see examples of how the designed environment engages children in imaginative outdoor play, and gain a deeper understanding of the many ways outdoor activity supports healthy development.

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Early Childhood Health Outdoors Colorado Springs Mini-Summit

Come explore the importance of outdoor play in early childhood settings and learn hands-on ways to engage children outdoors! This mini-summit will be hosted on September 28 in Colorado Springs. The cost to attend this event is $10. Light breakfast will be provided.

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Best Practice in Outdoor Learning Environments: Site Panel Discussion

Come hear from a panel of early childhood and community leaders to learn ways to enhance and naturalize your outdoor learning environment! This training will be held on November 6 in Frisco and provided at no cost to participants. A light dinner will be provided.

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