Professional Practice Networks

Childrens Outdoor Environments Resources

PPN-Hosted Webinars

An Instrumental Guide to Blending Music & Community - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

The Play Environment: A New Paradigm for Play Areas - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Magical Inclusion: Creating a Kinder, Healthier Place to Live and Play - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Universal Design in Play: A Behavioral Comparison of Three Playgrounds - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Truly Inclusive? The Reward of Thrill in Universal Play Designs - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

San Diego’s First Public Nature Play Area: How Park and Recreation Made it Happen! - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Children's Heat and Radiation Exposures in Playgrounds and the Role of Bioclimatic Design - 1.0 PDH (LA CES/HSW)

Universal Design

If we want everyone to participate in public life, we must design and build an inclusive public realm that is accessible to all. The sizeable global population of people with physical, auditory, or visual disabilities, autism or neurodevelopmental and/or intellectual disabilities, or neuro-cognitive disorders will face greater challenges if we don’t begin to more widely apply universal design principles. Landscape architects and designers plan and design inclusive spaces for all users. ASLA's Universal Design guide includes information specifically on children, with sections on playgrounds, gardens, and parks and plazas.

Health Benefits of Nature

ASLA's Health Benefits of Nature guide includes information specifically on children. Topics covered include: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cognition, Depression, General Health, Nature Deficit Disorder, Obesity, Stress, Type II Diabetes, and Well-being.

2018 Children's Outdoor Environments PPN Meeting Recap

Parks, Play, and People: Equity and Community in Recreation
The ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO’s joint meeting of the Children’s Outdoor Environments and Parks & Recreation Professional Practice Networks (PPNs) featured short presentations by Joy Kuebler, ASLA, Joy Kuebler Landscape Architect, PC; Andrew Spurlock, FASLA, Spurlock Landscape Architects; and Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, The University of Texas at Arlington and DesignJones, LLC.

2015 ASLA Annual Meeting Presentations

Children's Outdoor Environments PPN members shared the following presentations at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago:

The Manzanita Gathering Place: Engaging Youth in Creative Place Making
Ilisa Goldman, ASLA

Community Design Collaborative: Strengthening Neighborhoods Through Design
Alexa Bosse, Associate ASLA

Risky Elements in Play Design
Shannon Mikus, Associate ASLA

PPN Newsletters

Before The Field was established in 2012 as the PPNs' blog, the Children's Outdoor Environments PPN published several online newsletters:

Summer 2012  |  Summer 2011  |  Winter 2010  |  Summer 2009


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