Infusing Nature

Into the Everyday Spaces of Childhood

Explore best practice design principles and case examples for creating naturalized play environments and playful pathways as a solution to delivering quality outdoor environments for children to reconnect with nature. Discover how these environments intentionally attract families, promote physical activity, increase play value, and provide unique learning opportunities for communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Outline the current research and benefits of naturalized play environments and playful pathway networks designed to engage children with nature.
  • Describe at least 3 best practices/considerations when intentionally designing nature into the everyday spaces of childhood.
  • Summarize 2 case study examples of naturalized play environments and playful pathways that have been designed to encourage active lifestyles for children, families, and communities.

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