Utilize a unique NEW TOOL to Promote Richer Play and Recreation Experiences with Plants
The natural world is an incredible wonder that inspires us all. To help increase green spaces, inform family-friendly recreation design, and promote the growth of nature-rich environments everywhere, we are pleased to present the Play Value Plant Database, together with our presenting partners, the Children & Nature Network and the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University.
The database is an exciting, unique resource allowing users to select plants by their play value, like those that promote sensory attributes, attract butterflies or birds, provide "loose parts" for play, or a host of other playful traits. (in addition to commonly found criteria like zone, height, growth habits, etc.) It's a fantastic tool for landscape architects, park administrators, nature-focused organizations, schools, and anyone who wants to promote rich and diverse play and recreation experiences for children and families. The resource is a wonderful complement to NatureGrounds and Pathways for Play, the nature programs developed in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design, NC State University, designed to combine nature and play and promote richer family experiences. Both programs are linked at the bottom of the page.
Whether you are working to expand environmental education to develop a child's lifelong connection with the natural world in a green schoolyard, or simply trying to create a more meaningful outdoor family plan and recreational space through the beauty of nature, we welcome you explore, learn, and download your personalized plant collection.