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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RESOURCES

Washington State  

National / International Resources 

Other resources 

  • With People in Mind - Design and Management of Everyday Nature  - this book changed my whole career focus over 20 years ago. With Rachel Kaplan as a professor with whom I could bounce ideas around about school grounds, it became clear that there was a gap in knowledge for landscape architects. School grounds are vital resources not only for play, but so much more! Thanks Rachel!!

  • American Horticultural Therapy Association - Only in the past few years, have I learned about this fascinating field. I was so excited to learn about it, I went back to college to earn my certificate in Horticultural Therapy. I had the privilege from learning from the best, Mrs. Teresia Hazen, at the Portland-Vancouver area Legacy Health System's therapy gardens. Thank you, Teresia!

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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