Tools to help change what is into what should be.

Putting Research into Practice®

We believe that play and recreation are essential for a healthier, happier society and critical to improving the quality of life for diverse individuals, families, and communities. Our mission is building communities through play and recreation. Our passion is networking and collaborating with, and learning from, the world's foremost scholars and experts to study play and recreation, and to share learning and knowledge that positively advances diverse community needs.

We partner with our scholars to translate the research into evidence-based resources to help you plan and advocate for your new or retrofitted space.

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Utilizing research findings, we provide a robust library of resources to help communities implement best practices for planning and design, curriculum and programming, advocacy, and community impact initiatives.

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COVID-19 Resources

A collection of articles from trusted sources to help you understand how to plan and prepare for safely reopening your sites.

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From lunch & learns, to trade shows, to virtual learning sessions, we are never far. Check out our calendar for upcoming events in your area and online!

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Live and On-Demand: These virtual learning sessions are designed to bring CEUs to your office or home

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Funding Tool

Part of our mission is to help connect communities to the funds and other resources they need to make their dream play and recreation space a reality. We invite you to search our database below to see what grant opportunities may be available in your area.

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Plant Database

Add play value to your site through the landscape. The Plant Database serves as a functional, explorable tool to search plants by not only your zone, but also play value!

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Regularly updated with new information, new articles, and new case studies to inspire your next project.

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