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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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Please post pictures of your inspiring nature play areas!

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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.

Building clubhouses, playhouses, forts 2 Replies

Hi,I'm and artist and part-time carpenter who built clubhouses as a kid.Now I'm writing a book, "The Clubhouse Builder's Handbook", a step-by-step guide for kids who want to build their own…Continue

Tags: clubhouses, Childrens

Started by Lee (Rusty) Mothes. Last reply by Lee (Rusty) Mothes Mar 11, 2012.

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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.

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/new_chinese_city_goes_...

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:

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/may_is_international_s...

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: http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/free_webinar_on_design...

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:

http://www.childrenandnature.org/news/detail/nature-based_playgroun...

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. http://bit.ly/TwPVIV

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: http://bit.ly/XnMoia

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.

 

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