"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
"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…"
Elizabeth Renton is a landscape architect with Asakura Robinson Company in Houston, Texas. As a designer of outdoor spaces, Elizabeth has a passion for incorporating natural elements in children’s outdoor environments. She is currently engaged in a variety of public projects which will facilitate ‘nature play’, including several public and private schools as well as regional parks. Elizabeth is also co-founder of the Houston Children and Nature Coalition, a collaborative effort of Houston organizations dedicated to promoting the benefits of nature in children’s lives. Founded in July 2009, the HCNC is poised to tackle nature deficit disorder through a variety of educational campaigns, family-oriented activities, and demonstration projects.
Thanks, Elizabeth. It would be tough, I guess, to find hard data re longitudinal research, bec this trend toward children NOT in nature is a phenomenon mostly within one generation, which has not come fully into adulthood. It seems common sense. Thanks for the link to C&NN research!
My business name is From the Ground Up. Website is
Check in on Sunday and it should be updated with pictures from our pilot project!
Thanks. I love having this forum to share with others, especially since I couldn't make it to the Grassroots gathering.