Nature Play and Learning Areas Registry
We are continuing to solicit and publish Case Studies of Nature Play and Learning Places that illustrate the best practices specified in the Guidelines. If your site is ready to be shared as a Case Study, click here to register your nature play and learning place.
Case Study sites provide examples of Nature Play and Learning Places and help to build a community of practice where knowledge, experience, and inspiration are shared. These sites have been used to illustrate the guidelines and additional sites will be included as case studies in future editions.
Qualifying sites are outdoor areas designated for nature play and/or learning located in a childcare center, school, park, stream corridor, public garden, museum, nature center, zoo, botanical garden, arboretum, urban infrastructure – street, plaza, etc.), or equivalent everyday environment.
- Of particular interest are installed projects already in use or projects with at least the first phase installed and in use. However, any project with an established groundbreaking date may also be registered.
- Projects with minimum design intervention but managed for nature play and learning, such as areas in forest preserves or nature centers or urban park areas managed for wild naturalization are appropriate for registration.
- Cost-effective projects are particularly relevant. Guidelines need to illustrate a range of cost-effective solutions that underserved communities can view as feasible; for example, a small, volunteer built, early childhood project.
- Willingness to share design drawings, in-use and final product photos, with photo-releases where necessary.
What the Guidelines Project can offer Registered Projects
- For projects still in process, the Nature Play and Learning Area Places is a resource to help shape the design and management protocol.
- Access to an evaluation tool to assess guidelines effectiveness and project performance.
- National/International exposure to the children and nature movement by being featured in the Natural Play and Learning Places publication.
How to become a Registered Project
Step One: Complete online survey. Please click here to access survey.
Step Two (optional): Provide supporting documentation, i.e. conceptual design, schematic design, construction documents, etc.