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Author David Sobel Explores Science Behind Play at Cleveland Botanical Garden

Playing is more than just fun and games for kids. Playing is important work that lays the groundwork for their future successes. Well-known author and educator David Sobel addresses its importance during “Year of Play: The Science of Play-Based Education Symposium” from 9 am to noon on Friday, May 17, at Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The symposium, presented by the Garden and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Schubert Center for Child Studies, also will feature a panel discussion on how children learn, develop skills and improve their health through outdoor education programs and play.

The panel, moderated by Gabriella Celeste, child policy director for the Schubert Center for Child Studies, includes Eric S. Gordon, chief executive officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; Terrence Allan, health commissioner for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health; Billie Osborne-Fears, executive director of Starting Point; Sharon L. Graper, manager of academic services at The Holden Arboretum; James Bader, director of the Gelfand STEM Center at CWRU and Sandra W. Russ, professor of psychology at CWRU.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Additional afternoon workshops are offered for a fee. More information is available at

Cleveland Botanical Garden is located at 11030 East Boulevard, Cleveland.


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