Category Archives: Earth Day 2011

Earth Day Nature Play

Is there any better playscape than our natural environment? In an increasingly urbanized world many children don’t have the opportunity to go natural.

Parc Lafontaine Playground – Montreal, Canada

Today’s post links up with a few people and organizations who are making a difference in this area.

‘Green is good for the eyes’, says mother duck in Andersen’s fairytale The Ugly Duckling and science has proved that well designed green places influence the human mind positively. – Helle Nebelong, Danish Landscape Architect

The full text of Nebelong’s Play: exploring the boundaries is available here Aside from running her own practice in Denmark, Nebelong is an active member of the International Play Association and a member of the Leadership Team for the Nature Action Collaborative for Children.


To get an appreciation of some natural play possibilities, check the PLACES FOR PLAY 2005 exhibition a series of over 60 photos curated by the Free Play Network and PLAYLINK

In related developments there is the growing Leave No Child Inside movement. This 2007 article in Orion by Richard Louw is a good read.

My compatriots in Canada are also taking up the cause of reconnecting kids with nature. Since 2009, the Child and Nature Alliance has been ‘working to connect children to nature through education, advocacy, programming, policy, research, and the built environment.’

Let’s think nature play on Earth Day.