Hi – I’m Rusty and I’m glad you are here. I am excited to help you with your dreams of natural playgrounds and adventures into risky play!
I am a playspace designer who has worked for nearly 30 years with hundreds of school and community leaders to design and build beautiful outdoor environments for children. I love helping folks like you create playscapes that celebrate the wonder of nature and support children’s right to play!
Do you need help with a design? Are you looking for an inspiring keynote presentation? Want to take a workshop or online course? Or maybe you need some nature play products for your yard? This is the place!
“Rusty has an innate ability to draw you in the moment he starts talking. His calm and collected demeanor coupled with his deep knowledge base in risky play create a dynamic atmosphere in his presentations. Participants could be overheard discussing the nostalgia of their own early childhood play, how it has shifted, and how they would like to bring it back once again. On the logistical end of things, Rusty is approachable, responsive, flexible, and very easy to talk to. It was an absolute pleasure working with him!”
Beauty of Play
Where did you play as a child? In nature? In vacant lots? On the street? In your backyard? Were you a free range kid? All children deserve great places to play. Let’s create them for today’s children!
Living willow huts, hills, sand and water play, trees, gardens, paths, herbs, butterflies, hidey nooks and more — all with a variety of sounds, smells, textures and tastes.
Rough and tumble landscapes that support open-ended, child-directed free play with loose materials and endless possibilities for children to create their own play, get messy, and take risks!
Risk-taking is essential for the healthy development of children’s minds, bodies and spirits — it’s how they learn and grow! It’s important for adults to take deep breaths and create opportunities for risky play.
Take a look at some of my past projects to get an idea for how I can help you!
I’ve spent a lot of time designing and building natural playscapes with excited communities over the years. I love it. Take a look at some of the projects I’ve worked on. You can do it too!
Tour a playscape
Spend a few minutes in this park-like preschool playscape designed by Rusty and community-built with Rusty’s guidance. A sweet space!