Now in its eighth year, the Outdoor Classroom Project continues to expand its work as interest in the benefits of outdoor experience for young children continues to grow. As of November 30, 2008, the five years of funding for the Outdoor Classroom Project in Los Angeles County by First 5 LA came to an end. The CEC is most grateful for First 5 LA's support, which enabled this initiative to reach over 630 child care centers and over 3,000 early childhood educators in Los Angeles County. Outside the County, an additional 3,900 centers and 10,100 early childhood educators have been reached by the Project throughout California and beyond.
Moving forward, the Project is active on three fronts:
1. The Project continues in Los Angeles County through the Outdoor Classroom Demonstration Site Network.
2. Consulting, training, and speaking services are available for a fee through the Project.
3. Since January, 2009, the Project has been conducting a county-wide initiative in Santa Barbara County funded by the Orfalea Fund. For information on that initiative, please visit the Orfalea Foundations' website.