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Visit Let Kids Play page on Nature Playgrounds

PLACES for PLAY: Exhibition--  A photo exhibition that illustrates some of the many
imaginative ways of creating play environments

Nature Explore--Nature Explore is a collaborative program of the Arbor Day Foundation and
Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. The goal of this comprehensive, research-
based initiative is to help children and families develop a profound engagement with the
natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of children’s daily learning.

Natural Learning Initiative--The purpose of the Natural Learning Initiative is to promote the
importance of the natural environment in the daily experience of all children, through
environmental design, action research, education, and dissemination of information.

Learning through Landscapes--A UK charity which advises governments, engages the
private sector and enables schools and early years settings to make the most of outside
spaces for children’s education and wellbeing.

Evergreen--Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By
deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a
hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our
cities—now and for the future.

Boston Schoolyard Initiative--Since 1995, the Boston Schoolyard Initiative (BSI) has been
transforming Boston's schoolyards from barren asphalt lots into dynamic centers for
recreation, learning and community life.

The Natural Playground Company--The Natural Playgrounds Company® is a small,
customer-oriented design firm specializing in natural play environments and natural
playscapes for child care centers, schools, and communities.  They have good resources on
their site.

Therapeutic Landscapes--The Therapeutic Landscapes Network provides information,
education and advocacy about gardens, landscapes and other green spaces that promote
health and well-being.


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