Model Outdoor Learning Environment coming to Glencoe Mill Village


When one hears a phrase like “Model Outdoor Learning Environment” many images spring to mind.  To some it might sound like a glorified playground, while to others it seems a nice place to encourage youngster to become more active and appreciate the great outdoors. Lots 40 and 41 at Glencoe Mill Village will soon be home to a Model Outdoor Learning Environment, giving the community an opportunity to discover firsthand the multi-faceted benefits of a classroom without walls.


The Glencoe Mill Village Outdoor Learning Environment (“OLE”) is a collaborative effort spearheaded by the Alamance Partnership for Children. NC State University’s Natural Learning Initiative has designed the innovative space, while Living Landscapes will transform scrub brush into a unique recreation area.  The City of Burlington is enthusiastic in its support. 


Once completed, the OLE will be open to everyone, but is specifically designed for children ages 0 – 5.  Its age appropriate features will integrate all the benefits of outdoor play with learning opportunities that cannot be experienced in a traditional classroom or daycare center.  There will be an heirloom garden, a sensory garden, an adventure path, a log bridge, and much more.  Stayed tuned for updates on the installation of Glencoe Mill Village’s OLE!


Meet the Author Event at Glencoe Studios


Glencoe Studios is proud to host a very special event on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Author and avid hiker Danny Bernstein will be on hand to speak about her most recent book, The Mountains-To-Sea Trail Across North Carolina. Danny will have copies of her book available for purchase and personalized signing. 

Danny’s book chronicles her trek and the people she met along the way as she traversed the Mountains-To-Sea Trail (“MST”), which stretches some 1,000 miles from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge State Park along the Outer Banks.  The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stops at many of North Carolina’s most beautiful places along the way. 

 At the signing, Danny will share a slide show presentation that highlights the most spectacular, historic, and quirky elements of the North Carolina landscape that she encountered.   Here’s a preview of what you can expect to hear:

“Walking the backroads in the Piedmont was fascinating.  In fact, walking the road on the MST (Piedmont and Coastal Plains) is what makes the trail different from most other hiking experiences.  I love talking to people.  How could I have met Lynn, Debra of Emily’s Cookies, and countless others if the trail had been all between two sets of trees?  I’ve completed the Appalachian Trail, all the trails in the Smokies and many other hiking challenges and the MST is on par with all these experiences.  It’s just different.  The trail is finished; it’s just not all on footpaths.”

 Glencoe Studios will open at 1:00 PM on Sunday, April 7, 2013; we will welcome Danny at 2:00 PM.  Glencoe Studios is located in the old machine shop at Glencoe Mill Village, 2320 River Road, Burlington, NC.  Make plans to stop by to meet the author, and learn a little something new about our great state!