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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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 Avery Cleary on November 5, 2012 at 2:57pm

Hi Marilyn, I'm wondering if Susie Wirth with Nature Explore Classrooms might have some ideas?

Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on November 5, 2012 at 1:48pm

Who has ideas for how to fund natural play spaces, when the client is a FOR profit daycare center?  Are there grants or foundation support available?  I've gone through our standard list of grantors and they are dedicated to non-profits and public schools.

Comment by Suz Lipman on September 20, 2012 at 9:24am

I'm sure it will! It's a terrific and inspiring resource about the ways schools can use the grounds and the tools they have. Since most kids spend most of their days at school, it makes complete sense to implement the changes that will get them into nature where they already are.

Comment by Sharon Danks on September 20, 2012 at 9:13am

Thanks so much, Suz!  :-)  I hope this award will help us get the word out about getting children out into nature on their own school grounds.

Comment by Suz Lipman on September 20, 2012 at 8:57am

Congratulations C&NN Connect member Sharon Danks! Sharon's book “Asphalt to Ecosystems: Design Ideas for Schoolyard Transformation” recently received an Honor Award from the ASLA.

Comment by Suz Lipman on August 17, 2012 at 9:21am

Congratulations Bill Hopple and all the folks behind the Cincinnati Nature Playscape Initiative! This article also mentions other C&NN associates who were instrumental in this project: Robin Moore and Natural Learning Initiative and Betsy Townsend and Leave No Child Inside OH.

The article says the playscape "grafts slice of wilderness onto a safe, secure playground", offering natural features while allaying the kinds of parental fears that keep kids away from nature and outdoor play. Well done!

Read about it here:

Comment by Suz Lipman on July 2, 2012 at 10:27am

Thought you'd be interested in this story from Tennessee:

Natural Playground Inspires Kids to be More Active, Researchers Find.

Comment by Suz Lipman on May 1, 2012 at 11:47am
Comment by Suz Lipman on March 26, 2012 at 1:58pm

Hi Everyone, Thought this would be of interest:

This wonderful new natural playground in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada encourages imaginative play. It is designed by C&NN associate Adam Bienenstock of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds.

Comment by Carmen Field on March 8, 2012 at 10:47am

RFP for Innovative Denver Playground > RE-IMAGINE PLAY

If any of you design natural play spaces, or know folks who do, please let them know about this great opportunity:

Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) is challenging currently accepted definitions of play and is looking to re-think play as a unique, multi-faceted experience in an urban, multi-generational space in Denver’s Historic City Park.  Highly motivated, qualified and experienced design teams are asked to submit their qualifications and ideas for this challenge. The new space will be unique and will include community context and advocacy. Learn more and see the complete RFP at



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