NatureGrounds: Putting Nature Into Play

Research reveals a strong link between children's experiences of being outdoors in nature and their psychological well being and overall development. To support children's health, it is critical to encourage outdoor play in nature. An important concept is the provision of innovative play environments that integrate manufactured playground equipment with the living landscape. This session will review the research-based benefits of naturalized equipment playgrounds and illustrate best practice design principles for playground installations in new and existing parks and school grounds, and strategies for overcoming potential barriers to ensure the sustainability of these valuable community assets. Participants will acquire funding and management ideas, educational materials and resources, and practical ideas for putting nature back into play for children, families, and communities across the nation.
  1. American Society of Landscape Architects
    (ASLA) Annual Meeting & Expo
    Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    Washington DC
    Connecting Children With Nature
    Friday, September 10, 2010
    3:30 5 p.m.
    Presenters: Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco, Natural Learning Initiative

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“We believe innovative programs like NatureGrounds are critical for challenging and inspiring the future innovation of play environments across our nation.”

- Bob Farnsworth, CEO of PlayCore

“We see the NatureGrounds program as an opportunity to inspire landscape architects, designers, and park and recreation professionals with new tools to create healthy, innovative, naturalized playgrounds for all.”

- Robin Moore, Director of the Natural Learning Initiative