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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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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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Supporting ecosystem functions for healthy earth and wildlife

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



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!

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