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Child Saving Institute Nationally Certified as “Nature Explore Classroom”

Child Saving Institute (CSI) has received word from the Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation that their outdoor playground has earned the national designation of a certified “Nature Explore Classroom.” A representative from Dimensions will be presenting the organization with a plaque and certificate at a special media event on the playground, 4545 Dodge Street, at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April 15 as part of CSI’s “Week of the Young Child” festivities.



The national certification places CSI in a select circle. It is the ninth certified Nature Explore Classroom in Nebraska and one of only 34 that have been certified in the United States. Developed in response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, certified Nature Explore Classrooms are designed to help fill the void by educating young children using research-based principles for integrating nature into their daily learning.

CSI’s playground is one of the nation’s first “nature explore” playgrounds and the largest in Nebraska.  The play area features a tree house and gardens for kids to climb and explore in the outdoor classroom. Children can also create visual masterpieces in a nature art area, ride a tricycle on a rubber track, build with natural materials, explore small waterways and play musical instruments made of natural materials.  On rainy days children can play inside on the pirate ship, complete with slide, in the Childcare atrium. While connecting children with nature, such unstructured play and activities are shown to enhance concentration, develop creativity and problem-solving, relieve stress, and improve skills in many areas.

Child Saving Institute, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit child welfare organization, is dedicated to the intervention, prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.  Since 1892, CSI's mission has never wavered from providing care for abandoned, neglected and abused children.  CSI has met the changing needs for children in the Omaha metro area based on the belief that children are the community's most valuable resource. CSI’s Mission: Responding to the cry of a child.

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