The presentation will examine the practice of design in natural play and learning environments with consideration of risk management for children in a variety of settings. A portion of the presentation will focus on the case study of a ten year old operating children’s garden at the Morton Arboretum located in suburban Chicago. The presentation will explore an established setting having variety of play and learning activities and lessons learned over ten years of operation.
Risk management concepts will also be presented examining safety in a hazard centered format. A review of current public playground standards and their origins in reported injuries will be made to give attendees a foundation toward evaluating risk management exposures in natural settings. These concepts will be demonstrated in practice through exploration of current natural play area case studies that have been designed and developed in the Pacific Northwest Region.
Investigate the application of interactive and manipulative play combining nature and play in an established arboretum children’s garden setting.
Examine the current children’s playground standards and their origins as applied to practical risk management in natural learning and play settings.
Demonstrate the combination of learning and play activities in naturalized settings applied in practice.