children's built environments


children's built environments

Accessing 'nearby nature' often means improving the environments that children spend a majority of their time in....daycares, schools, neighborhood parks etc. Please help us share ideas, stories, and images of inspiring children's facilities.

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Latest Activity: Sep 17, 2018

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Please post pictures of your inspiring nature play areas!

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Can a playground be too safe? 6 Replies

Can a playground be too safe? This question was posed in the New York Times, which noted that some researchers are questioning the value of "safety-first" playgrounds. “Children need to encounter…Continue

Tags: Play, Safety, Playground, Playgrounds

Started by Suz Lipman. Last reply by Ida Castillo Nov 24, 2014.

Water in playgrounds-information needed! 1 Reply

Hi all,So I'm embarking on an exciting but rather challenging project in the local City Park that will use iconic Florida landscapes (either recreated or symbolic) to allow families to play and…Continue

Tags: costs, design, playground, water

Started by Meghan Cox Mick. Last reply by Suz Lipman Mar 5, 2013.

How did your 2012 Let's G.O. (Get Outside) event go?!

We're so excited to hear about your April events! Please join the Let's G.O.! (Get Outside) group and post your stories and photos.Haven't heard of Let's G.O.! yet? It's not too late!Everyone can…Continue

Started by Daniella (Donna) Drader Apr 17, 2012.

Free Green Schoolyard Webinar Tomorrow: March 27th

Hi everyone,On Tuesday, March 27th (tomorrow!), from 7:30-8:30pm EST, I’ll be giving a webinar presentation for Green Teacher Magazine, based in Toronto, Canada, and I thought the topic might…Continue

Started by Sharon Danks Mar 26, 2012.

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Comment by Michael D. Barton on May 4, 2015 at 5:59pm

Since we launched in March 2015 we have sold over 80 "Children at Nature Play" signs - to nature centers, nature-based preschools, wildlife refuges, children & nature advocates, etc. Learn more about the sign that sparks a conversation about connecting children to nature - and order one! - at

Comment by Michael D. Barton on February 25, 2015 at 9:26am

Children at Nature Play signs are ready to order! Use them to raise awareness in your community about the importance of connecting kids to nature.

Comment by Michael D. Barton on January 6, 2015 at 7:56pm

Passionate about connecting kids to nature? Please share my Tee Spring t-shirt campaign to help raise awareness about the importance of children playing in nature. If interested in ordering a t-shirt or sharing the link on your Facebook page, here's the link:

Thank you! - Michael Barton

Comment by Suz Lipman on July 22, 2013 at 2:25pm

Thought you might be interested in this:

A new ‘Green Health City‘ in China aims to find out if changing the very layout and construction of a city can improve physical and emotional health.

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 1, 2013 at 9:10am

May is International Schoolgrounds Month! This is an effort led by C&NN Connect member Sharon Danks and the International Schoolgrounds Alliance The goal is simple: Schools around the world are encouraged to take their students outside and celebrate their grounds. Learn more:

Comment by Lee (Rusty) Mothes on March 6, 2013 at 9:09pm

Since my last post almost exactly a year ago, my clubhouse-building book, now titled "Keep Out! Build your Own Backyard Clubhouse" is available on Amazon. Kids and parents will enjoy my stories of building clubhouses and all the how-to-do-it details. Check it out!

Comment by Suz Lipman on March 5, 2013 at 2:58pm

Hi Everyone, Thought you'd like to know about this free webinar:

The Children in Nature Partnership of the National Recreation and Park Association, the National Association of State Park Directors, and the National Park Service presents a Free Webinar:

Designing Natural Playscapes

Thursday, March 14th, 2013, 2:00pm – 3:15pm EST

More info here:

Comment by Suz Lipman on December 13, 2012 at 7:46am

This nature-based playground in Concord MA is the result of local concern about lack of unstructured nature play spaces for kids:

Comment by Suz Lipman on November 30, 2012 at 9:12am

Great story on natural playgrounds. C&NN's Adam Bienenstock (Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds) is featured.

Comment by Suz Lipman on November 8, 2012 at 3:37pm

The best playground is the one nature provided, confirms a new study from U. of Tennessee:


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