407 – Imaginative Programming: Equalizing, Educating and Innovating!
Renee Oakley, Red Oak Nature Center Manager, Red Oak Nature Center/Fox Valley Park District; Christy Graser, Environmental Education Supervisor, Red Oak Nature Center/Fox Valley Park District
Forms of Imaginative play have been found to develop social skills and strengthen decision-making in both children and adults alike. Listen in on how Bigfoot and other cryptid creatures were used in our Imaginative play programming. Learn how to use your imagination to encourage participants to think, reason and get along with a broad audience and how to take it to the next level!
Learning Outcomes: Participants will be able to:
- Walk away with methods to use in their own programming.
- Understand the terms as it applies to this program: Imaginative play, Cryptids, Skeptic, Believer, Participant
- Generate and then discuss potential pros and cons to imaginative play in programming in a Q & A.