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Carlin Strongstart


A picturesque forest setting for a school is the perfect backdrop for inviting children to natural play outside. Bringing that natural beauty inside the classroom where children can continue to connect with nature and thrive from the wonders of natural play can easily be done. It’s something that a BC rural school district recently achieved.

Set amongst a magnificent forest, Carlin Elementary Middle School is located in a rural area in BC’s Shuswap region. It’s home to a new StrongStart program operated by the North Okanagan-Shuswap School District, which currently offers a variety of early learning initiatives.

In particular, the StrongStart programs are free play-based programs that provide early learning opportunities for children up to the age of five and their parents or caregivers.

In order to help the Carlin StrongStart program create an ideal natural play space that encourages creative and imaginative open-ended play, staff contacted Natural Pod. StrongStart staff and Natural Pod’s natural play experts connected and started from a “clean slate.”

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