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Our 1-day Summit on Connecting to Nature in an Urban World, April 19, features a morning plenary and roundtable sessions followed by interactive workshops and walkshops in the afternoon. Building on the Summit is our Conference, April 20-21, featuring keynotes speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities.

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Friday, April 21 • 9:45am - 11:45am
Walkshop: Designing a Natural Playground FILLING
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‘Designing a Natural Playground’ will cover what a natural playground is, why it is important, the most relevant data and research, and some of the best examples of natural playgrounds from around the world. Most importantly, participants will be able to create their own natural playground designs, present their models to the group and receive feedback from experts guiding them through the entire experiential process. We will start off the design by using 5 basic elements: changing topography; creating pathways; adding boulders; logs; and large trees. Next, natural playground components will be included in the designs to create areas that include art/creative play, dramatic play, science concepts, and areas that enhance social skills and collaboration. To close out the session, participants will join in a goal-setting exercise.

Max Capacity: 50

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Adam Bienenstock

Founder & Principal Designer, Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds
“Connecting children to nature when and where they play”Adam is an award winning consultant on design, construction, policy, risk and regulatory process for connecting children to nature in our cities. His partners and clients include Parks Canada, ParticipACTION, Right to Play... Read More →


Friday April 21, 2017 9:45am - 11:45am PDT