Planning, building and making new spaces is super fun and a great way to engage people. After the build is over, then what? Reasons to activate a space:

  • keep it looking good

  • let folks know it is there 

  • let folks know WHAT is in the space

  • why is the space unique to that property

  • use the space to teach a curriculum

  • what cool things can folks learn from the space

  • how can the space be used

At nature+play designs, we are just as excited to help you learn how to use the outdoor spaces to promote play, learning and well-being, as we are in helping get the features in the ground. Learn about the different ways we can support you and your team.

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Curricula

Tie your outdoor features to curricula goals

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School gardens

Engaging students, staff and families with hands on gardens

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Play & Enjoy

To support physical activities and wellness

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Partner programs

Lots of great ideas to share from other agencies

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Ecology

Supporting ecosystem functions for healthy earth and wildlife

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Resources

Learn about resources to help learn, grow and enjoy the outdoors

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PLAY & 
ENJOY

Calming areas - Places to sit in small groups or individual can provide a place of refuge when feeling stressed:

  • Benches - buddy, conversational groups, individual quite spots

  • Gardens - visiting areas with diverse plantings provide a calming setting and a beautiful view

  • Paths - a variety of path systems to meet multiple goals for de-escalation, exercise and conversations

  • Retreats - create a space special for your users to take a break from the rest of the action to calm and regroup

Working gardens - The use of gardens to support various physical, cognitive and emotional goals can be very successful, such as horticultural therapies:

  • Exercise - gross motor and strength building

  • Cognitive support- engaging in fine motor activities support goals

  • Paths - a variety of path systems to meet multiple goals for de-escalation, exercise and conversations

Play - Active and passive play are incredibly beneficial to people of all ages, especially children :

  • Active play structures - working with vendors in the playground industry to design accessible structures to meet needs of all children

  • Passive & Imagination play - create a variety of natural play elements for imagination play to build, manipulate and create

  • Games - a variety of field and pavement play features

  • Social / Behavioral regulation goals - layout out features to support team building, social connections and behavior calming

  • Loose parts play - develop a kit of materials to use in school play areas, including natural and fun elements inspired to let kids create and build

 

Reach out and let's chat. I'll bring the tea and we can talk about how we can help.

PO Box 666

Vancouver, Washington 98666

natureplaydesigns@gmail.com

360.771.2925

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