NatureGrounds: Best Practices for Creating Naturalized Playgrounds

Registration Eligibility
Open. Check website for locations, dates and times.
Start Date
05/04/2021
End Date
05/04/2021
Description
Research reveals a strong link between children’s experience of nature and their psychological well being and overall development. It is important that we encourage outdoor play and find ways to reconnect children with nature. This interactive session will discuss research based benefits of combining the manufactured play environment with the living landscape, demonstrate how to implement best practices of design, and discuss strategies for overcoming potential barriers to naturalizing existing and new playgrounds. Participants will walk away with many educational resources, funding sources, and practical ideas on how to get started.
Location
Harrisburg, PA
Distance Learning
No
Course Equivalency
No
Subjects
Design-Build
Horticulture / Plants
Housing & Community Design
Parks & Recreation
Rural Landscape
Sustainable Development & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
Yes
Hours
1.0
Learning Outcomes
Discuss current research, national trends, and useful resources that support children’s engagement with nature and encourages families and communities to reconnect with the great outdoors

Define best practices for designing or retrofitting naturalized play environments to integrate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape

Describe the many health, developmental, and environmental benefits of playground naturalization for children, families, and communities

Develop an action plan for project implementation that addresses management, maintenance, partnerships, volunteers, and potential funding for sustainability
Instructors
PlayCore Approved Instructors
Course Codes
Provider
PlayCore


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