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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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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.

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 Cynthia Gentry on September 8, 2010 at 1:31pm
Slight change of subject: Playable10 International Design Competition is going strong. Hoping for a lot of natural designs in each of the categories. People from over 120 countries have checked in, so outdoor play is obviously striking a cord everywhere. I find that very exciting. If you know any designers please have them check it out: http://www.PlayableDesign.org.
Comment by Tori Derr on September 8, 2010 at 1:16pm
Interestingly, related to the string of comments on fear, a number of the research articles I am able to find on forest kindergartens are epidemiology studies of tick bites in the children in attendance at these schools in Germany. Unsurprisingly, tick bites are quite a bit higher in forest kindergarten children than in a traditional school. It is not clear if this leads to higher incidence of Lyme disease, though 5-9 year olds are an overall higher risk population for the disease.
Comment by Tori Derr on September 8, 2010 at 1:07pm
Thanks Suz! I am interested in setting up some research on forest kindergartens and have mostly been reviewing the existing literature focused in Europe. I came across Cedarsong as well. I'd love to set up some kind of comparative study. Let me know if you have any suggestions! Tori
Comment by Suz Lipman on September 8, 2010 at 12:57pm
Meghan, that looks like a great project! Very exciting, worthy and fun. I also look forward to seeing more pics. Congratulations!

Tori, there is also a nature pre-school in Washington state. We featured it on our C&NN news site a few months ago: http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/outdoor_preschool_take.... Keep us posted on your efforts!
Comment by Tori Derr on September 8, 2010 at 12:49pm
Thanks John! I will definitely contact Ardie. Tori
Comment by Ken Finch on September 8, 2010 at 10:50am
Nice job, Meghan!
Comment by Elizabeth Renton on September 8, 2010 at 9:30am
Great job Meghan!! I can't wait to see more pics!! I will post a few pics of my latest projects as well!
Comment by Meghan Cox Mick on September 8, 2010 at 9:26am
Hi all! Just an update on From the Ground Up's latest project. I helped Kids Inc. of the Big Bend (a local non-profit that provides subsidized daycare) design a natural playground for ages birth to 2. I will put some more pictures up on my website soon but here are a couple I took the other day. I found that I had to tell the kids to go through the grasses and jump on the stumps. Hopefully I started something!

Comment by John Thielbahr on September 7, 2010 at 9:55am
Hi Tori and Chris. Yes, Chris is right. There is a forest kindergarten happening in Saratoga Springs, NY, under the leadership of Ardie Pierce. I met her recently at the Children & Nature Leadership Gathering. She is wonderful and would welcome any ideas, suggestions and questions you might have. She can be contacted at ardiepierce@yahoo.com. I encourage you to connect with her.
Comment by Chris Catterton on September 6, 2010 at 8:01pm
Tori: I think there is something like a forest kindergarten happening at the Waldorf School of Saratoga Springs, NY. Don't know all the details or how it's going.

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