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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: Jun 13, 2016

inspiring photos wanted!

Please post pictures of your inspiring nature play areas!

Discussion Forum

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 Meghan Cox Mick on January 19, 2012 at 12:03pm

Great. Will do Suz and will post what I hear. Hope you are well!

Comment by Suz Lipman on January 19, 2012 at 11:59am

Hi Meghan - I'm so glad you're interested in this.  I would contact Robin and/or the Natural Learning Initiative. Let me know if that works. Good luck!

Comment by Meghan Cox Mick on January 19, 2012 at 11:30am

Hi Suz,

Any idea how to be a part of this? The link didn't provide a contact. Would it be Robin Moore directly or someone with the NWF?

Thanks for sharing!


Comment by Suz Lipman on January 17, 2012 at 9:52am

Hi All,

I'm sharing an opportunity that has come my way:

Natural Play and Learning Areas Design Guidelines Project

National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative are soliciting professionals to serve on technical advisory committees to advise on the development of design guidelines for natural play and learning areas. The project will develop comprehensive guidelines for designing and managing natural play and learning environments at all of the major settings where children play and learn—schools, childcare centers, residences, museums, botanical gardens, arboreta, zoos, nature centers, parks, and public lands.

Information about the project can be found at http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Policy...

Comment by Marilyn Wyzga on January 10, 2012 at 10:59am

I got to see this Playscape during my Christmas holiday, visiting in Cinci.  Even on a chilly grey December day, there were families out there playing.  We had a wonderful walk-through with one of their Play Facilitators.  Great job title!

Comment by Suz Lipman on January 10, 2012 at 10:22am

I think you'll all enjoy this wonderful blog and great photos from Bill Hopple, Exec. Dir. of the Cincinnati Nature Center:

Providing Places for Unstructured Play in Nature.


Comment by Suz Lipman on December 14, 2011 at 8:17am

New blog from Tim Gill at "Rethinking Childhood" -

New Olympic Park aims to tackle nature deficit disorder.

Comment by Suz Lipman on November 11, 2011 at 2:14pm

Two new blogs about the built environment and its impact on children's outdoor play should be of interest to the folks in this conference.


Richard Louv: True Green Architects: 21 Ways to Plant a City


Robin Moore: A New Role for Landscape Architecture



Comment by Suz Lipman on November 1, 2011 at 8:59am

Hi Everyone,

The DeVries, Michigan, Nature Conservancy has just announced plans for a new nature playscape. You can read about it here:



Comment by Suz Lipman on October 11, 2011 at 3:37pm

Hi All, Thought you might be interested in this Homer, IL, playscape that is being designed to get kids to interact with nature:



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