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At Chicago’s Only ‘Forest Playschool,’ Nature is the Classroom

Research shows that imaginative social play and getting outside are key components to a good learning environment for preschoolers. At Chicago’s only “forest playschool,” nature is literally the classroom. Kids spend the entire day outside in the woods and a prairie, and the focus is on collaboration, not competition. We talk with Teresa Weed, the director of the program at the North Park Village Nature Center.

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