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NatureGrounds™ - Putting Nature Into Play

Research reveals a strong link between children’s experiences in 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 innovative program 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.




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This program is developed in partnership with PlayCore and The Natural Learning Initiative, a research and design extension program of the College of Design, NC State University.


Over 97% of participants reported they would attend educational programs offered by PlayCore in the future.

NatureGrounds™ Program Book


For more information on bringing NatureGrounds™ to your facility, contact us.




National Demonstration Sites


Chantilly Montessori School, Charlotte, NC >>


Therapeutic Playground for the Arts, Chattanooga, TN >>





Resources & Partners

Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University



More Resources for NatureGrounds™

Naturegrounds.org >>


Plant Database >>


Cut Sheet Flyer >>


Executive Summary Download >>




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