Useful links

Useful books and publications

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Standard F1487-07ae1. Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use. West Conshohocken, PA: ASTM International.
  • American Standard for Nursery Stock (ANSI Z60.1 - 2004). Washington, DC: American Nursery & Landscape Association.
  • Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University. 2008. Everybody Plays! Chattanooga, TN: PlayCore, Inc.
  • Dirr, M. 1998. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants: Their Identification, Ornamental Characteristics, Culture, Propagation and Uses (Fifth Edition). Champaign, IL: Stipes Publishing.
  • Dirr, M. 1997. Hardy Trees and Shrubs. Portland, OR: Timber Press (500 species and 700 cultivar descriptions accompanied by over 1,600 color photographs).
  • Frost, J., Brown, P., Sutterby, J., and Thornton, C. 2004. The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds. Olney, MD: Association for Childhood International.
  • Frost, J., Wortham, S. and Reifel, S. 2001. Play and Child Development. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Moore, R. 1993. Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children's Outdoor Environments. Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications.
  • Moore, R. and Wong, H. 1997. Natural Learning: Creating Environments for Rediscovering Nature’s Way of Teaching. Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications.
  • Moore, R., Goltsman, S. and Iacofano, D. 1992. Play For All Guidelines: Planning, Design and Management of Outdoor Settings for All Children. Berkeley, CA: MIG Communications.
  • Public Playground Safety Handbook. 2008. Washington, DC: United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Additional literature can be accessed at the Natural Learning Initiative website: www.naturalearning.org


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