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PlayCore is pleased to offer professional development and continuing education to parks & recreation professionals, landscape architects, education professionals and others that are interested in promoting play in their organizations and communities. 

Center for Professional Development

Educational classes and symposiums are just one of the many services that PlayCore's Center for Professional Development offers. Click here to learn about the many other ways we assist communities in the advancement of play and recreation. Learn More >>





As leaders in play, we strive to share resources, expertise, and program best practices to like minded professionals. Our comprehensive Outreach Education Program can provide free customized educational seminars on a variety of topics surrounding play and recreation. Designed to be flexible in order to meet the individualized needs of our audiences, we invite you to experience these educational sessions and to maximize the many resources we have available. Our goal is to offer informative, innovative, and fun learning opportunities, while increasing your awareness about the value of play and current trends in the industry.

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Continuing education is important for designers, planners, and education professionals to remain abreast of current research, national initiatives, and to keep up with current advancements in the industry.

PlayCore has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).  In obtaining this accreditation, PlayCore has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of our Authorized Provider status, PlayCore is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

PlayCore is also pleased to be an approved CEU provider of ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES); and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).



Our education session topics and presentations are developed to ensure that every event is meaningful to the audience. Our library of offerings can be tailored to meet specific group needs, time allotments, and audience interests. Learn more about educational sessions and their learning objectives by browsing our suite of best practice topics:


ADA Standards >


Adult Fitness >


Blueprint for Play >


Inclusive Play >


Maintenance >


Make a Stand >


Motivation to Move >


Nature Play >


NatureGrounds >


Play On! >


Playful Pathways >


Preventative Maintenance >


Strong Foundations >


Supervision >


Unified We Play >


Urban Play >


Value of Play >


Words On Play >


Trainers with Expertise

Passionate about play, our Master Trainers provide interactive presentations that offer dynamic learning experiences that promote current research and best practices in the industry.  Our team of professionals offers educational training opportunities at various local, regional, state, national, and international shows, as well as community hosted events for a more intimate setting.  

PlayCore Master Presenters





Lisa Moore
Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services, PlayCore
Lisa has worked as a service provider and an administrator in a variety of educational and medical settings with a focus on child development, children with disabilities, and their families. Lisa has also served as an adjunct professor and presents at a variety of regional, national, and international conferences on the value of play. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Central Florida and her Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She is currently a doctoral student at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga pursuing an Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership with a research focus on outdoor play and learning.



Anne-Marie Spencer
Vice President, Corporate Marketing & Communications, PlayCore 
Anne-Marie leads the marketing and communications effort for PlayCore, including serving as a company spokesperson and handling advertising, brand promotion, communications, and trade show coordination. She has notably published over 50 company positioning articles in major national magazines and publications, and has delivered over 200 seminars and outreach sessions during her 20 year career, 30 of which have focused on play. She currently serves on the Board of the National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity, a group of corporate, government, and recreational professionals working to advocate, legislate, and promote physical activity for Americans.



Jennie Sumrell
Director of Education: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development
Jennie has worked in the field of special education, childhood development, and inclusion for nearly ten years. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Learning from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, a master’s certificate in Adaptive & Assistive Technology from the University of Miami, and a master’s degree in Special Education with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Jennie has presented as a guest lecturer at local universities and numerous regional, national, and international conferences on universal design, bringing learning outdoors, engaging children with nature, fighting the childhood obesity. epidemic, and the value of play.



Inés M. Palacios, PhD
Director of Recreation: Programs, Partnerships & Professional Development
Inés is responsible for promoting the value of recreation for people of all ages and abilities. She provides continuing educational opportunities, training, professional development and research that supports recreation and play while generating partnerships and alliances in the field. She joined the PlayCore team in August 2013 after obtaining her PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from NC State University. Before joining PlayCore, she was an instructor at NC State University in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management Department. In addition, she has experience in event planning, program management, research, and national presentations.


Featured Presenters



Jodie Adams

As the Former Director of Parks for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, Adams oversaw a city-county park system of 102 park sites, 40 facilities, more than 100 miles of trails, a zoo, a botanical center, a farm and a $34 million operating budget. Adams has been with the department for over 37 years. In addition to numerous local recognitions, Adams is the past president of National Recreation and Park Association. She also serves on the Board of Directors of USOC-Community Olympic Development Program and Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. She is a past board member of the US Tennis Association, Springfield Regional Arts Council , past-president of Missouri Parks and Recreation Association and a graduate of Leadership Springfield Class of XIX. Special recognition includes recipient of the Missourian Award; USTA President’s Award, MPRA Fellow Award and numerous other athletic halls of fame. She holds a degree from Missouri State University in Recreation/Administration, along with graduate work in Public Administration, NRPA Executive Development School, Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, and the Southwest Training Institute. As a visionary leader in the field of partnerships, Adams worked with PlayCore to launch, School-Park Partnerships: A Case Study of Excellence and Unified, We Play.


Keith Christensen, Ph.D.
Faculty Fellow, Utah State University Center for Persons with Disabilities

Keith Christensen is a faculty member in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning and a faculty fellow with the Center for Persons with Disabilities, at Utah State University. Keith's research emphasizes the planning and design of socially inclusive environments, human rights, and social justice. Currently, Keith is involved in research on the social integration of individuals with disabilities in community, physical activity behaviors of individuals with disabilities, and employment in relation to the planning and design of the built environment. In addition to advocating for socially equitable community planning, Keith directs the Beyond Access program, a national technical assistance program on inclusive recreation environments for individuals with disabilities, and conducts research programs investigating the relationship between the built environment and the evacuation behavior of individuals with disabilities.



Joe Frost
Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas

Joe Frost, Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus, University of Texas, has lectured throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. He served as a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Air Force, and numerous child-care organizations, professional organizations, government agencies, universities, and corporations. During his 34-year tenure at the University of Texas he supervised more than 50 PhD dissertations and has published more than 20 books and numerous professional articles, monographs, and book chapters. In 2007, his article in Childhood Education, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm," was one of two Distinguished Achievement Award Finalists in the Association of Educational Publisher's Learned Article category.

Dr. Frost was President of the Association for Childhood Education International and was President of the International Play Association, USA. He was selected Texas Educator of the Year in 1989 by the Texas Association for the Education of Young Children, and in 1989 he received the University of Texas Dean's Distinguished Faculty Award. In 2004, Dr. Frost was awarded the Doctor of Play award by the International Play Association (IPA/USA), and in 2005, a Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of the Incarnate Word. In 2006, he received the Patty Smith Hill Award from the Association for Childhood Education International and in 2008 he received the Great Friend to Kids Award from the Association for Children's Museums.

He directs a three-decades-running research program involving University of Texas faculty and graduate students at Redeemer Lutheran School in Austin, Texas, enrolling more than 500 students preschool through middle school, featuring natural and built play yards, natural habitats, gardens, and outdoor science classrooms. For the past three years he served as President of the Board of Directors of the Lutheran Outdoors Ministry of Texas. His books include: Children and Injuries, and The Developmental Benefits of Playgrounds. His most recent books are A History of Play and Play Environments, published in 2009, and Play and Child Development, published in 2011.

Presenting: Playgrounds and Natural Habitats: A Magical Combination

Explore how creating and preserving integrated playgrounds and natural habitats in parks, schools, and neighborhoods yield magical places for play, health, fitness, and experiential learning.


Robin Moore
Dipl Arch., MCP

Director Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University, Robin Moore is a recognized expert in the design of play, learning, and educational environments. Pursuing his interest in integrating environmental design and child development for over 30 years, Moore has authored and published numerous works about children in nature, and has held faculty appointments at UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and North Carolina State University.



Dr. Stuart Brown
Founder, National Institute for Play

Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry and clinical research, Dr. Stuart Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murders and felony drunken drivers. His years of clinical practice and review of over 6000 personal play histories affirmed the importance and need for healthy play throughout the human life cycle. His independent scholarship and exploration of the evolution and neuroscience of human and animal play have led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play. The Mission of the National Institute for Play (NIFP) is to bring the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life. Dr. Brown was the instigator and Executive Producer of the three-part PBS series, “The Promise of Play,” and coproduced the BBC-PBS series “Soul of the Universe.” His experience as a medical administrator, producer, and scientific consultant or creator to numerous other productions on Joseph Campbell, Cosmology, Animal Play, and Stress, plus his scientific and popular writings have identified him as the foremost “practical champion of the knowledge of play.” Dr. Brown’s book: Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul has been translated into eight languages. He co-teaches From Play to Innovation at the Hasso Plattner School of Design at Stanford University, and enjoys international corporate and academic consulting on play and its many contributions to overall human well-being.



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