Author Robin C. Moore

Convener and contributor Allen Cooper

Contributor Patti Ensel Bailie

Contributor Linda Kinney

Risk management consultant Teri Hendy

Foreword Howard Frumkin

Project Staff

National Learning Initiative

Nilda CoscoDirector of Programs

Tom DannigerResearch Associate

Sarah KonradiDesign Associate

Sarah LittleResearch Assistant

Muntazar MonsurResearch Assistant

Julie MurphyDesign Associate

Jesse TurnerLandscape Architect and Design Coordinator

Elizabeth ValsingProject Coordinator

Graphic Design

Rachael McCarthyGraphic Designer

Humphrey CreativeGraphic Design Consultant

Natural Play & Learning Areas
Design Guidelines Project Steering Committee

Bill BecknerSenior Research Manager
National Recreation and Park Association SL

Cecile CarsonSenior Director of Affiliate Development
Keep America Beautiful

Todd CatchpolePark Manager
Five Rivers MetroParks EUS

Cheryl CharlesCo-Founder, President, and CEO Emerita
Children & Nature Network CHD

Allen CooperDirector State Education Policy
National Wildlife Federation SL

Luci CorreaCouncil Liaison
Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Nilda CoscoDirector of Programs
Natural Learning Initiative, College of Design,
North Carolina Sate University

Rich DoleshVice President for Conservation and Parks
National Recreation and Park Association UG

Cindy DunlapChief, Planning Projects Section
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural
Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation UG

Blain EckbergTraining Specialist
US Fish and Wildlife Service CHD

Mary EysenbachDirector of Conservatories
Chicago Park District

Ken FinchPresident
Green Hearts Institute for Nature in Childhood EUS

Teri HendyPresident
Sitemasters, Inc. SL

Bill Hopple Executive Director
Cincinnati Nature Center

Fran Mainella Visiting Scholar Clemson University,
Chair of Children & Nature Network, Co-chair of US Play
Coalition, 16th Director of National Park Service
US Play Coalition

Michelle MathisPrincipal Designer
Learning Landscapes Design and Oregon Natural Play Initiative UG

Dee MerriamCommunity Planner
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention UG

Robin MooreProfessor of Landscape Architecture,
 Natural Learning Initiative, College of
Design, North Carolina State University

Sandi OlekRepresentative
Maryland Department of Nature Resources UG

Stephanie OlmoreDirector of Program Assessment
National Association for the Education of Young Children

Carrie ScarffDeputy Director
Five Rivers MetroParks

Bora SimmonsDirector, National Project for
Excellence in Environmental Education
 North American
Association for Environmental Education EUS

Nancy StrempleNatural Resource Specialist,
Executive Staff, National Urban and Community
Forestry Advisory Council 
US Forest Service

Joe TurnerDirector
Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Susie WirthOutreach Director
Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational
Research Foundation CHD

Additional thanks to

Anita AsperdtPrincipal Landscape Architect, Adjunct Faculty
LandCurrent, University of Oregon, University of British
Columbia SL

Dennis CaseyDirector of Education and Public Programs
Virginia Museum of Natural History UG

Kim CatchpoleExtension Educator, Program Director
Adventure Central (A partnership of Five Rivers MetroParks
and Ohio State University) UG

Erik DahlstromOutdoor Recreation Coordinator
Five Rivers MetroParks SL

Victor EldertonDirector
Pacific Foundation for Understanding Nature Society EUS

Heather FoxEducation Specialist
Nature Explore Program MM

Elaine GibsonNature Education Specialist
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History SL

Nancy HerronOutreach & Education Director
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department EUS

Heather JohnsonProject Director, Initiatives
Association of Children’s Museums CHD

Ruth LoetterleLandscape Architect
CRJA Landscape Architects UG

Jill M. PrimakNature Explore Classroom Designer
Nature Explore, Dimensions Educational Research Foundation UG

Erica QuigleyTeacher Naturalist
Mass Audubon’s Boston Nature Center MM

Amy RampyAssociate Landscape Designer
TBG Partners SL

Tina ReebleCouncil Liaison
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation CHDSL

Julie RosePrograms Liason Manager
Nature Explore Program CHD

Caroline SmithPlayground Safety Manager
National Recreation and Park Association UG

David SpeasePresident
Safeplay by Design, Inc. SL

Dave SpitlerPark Manager
Five Rivers MetroParks MM

Jim WikeNature Explore Classroom Design Director
Nature Explore Program MM

Subcommittees Key

Urban Greenspaces UG

Child Health & Development CHD

Environmental Understanding & Stewardship EUS

Management & MaintenanceMM

Safety & Liability SL