Nature Center

Nature Center

What better place to create a nature play area than right in the midst of nature, right? This design is for an accessible playscape on a wooded hill side at a favorite Ann Arbor, MI nature center. Education staff planned to have a space open to the public and also...
Large School Yard

Large School Yard

Wow. This is quite a place! The San Antonio Zoo, besides being an amazing zoo, is a true believer and promoter of nature-based play and playwork. They’d been doing it for years in their popular “Nature Spot” with loose parts, sculpture, hills and a...
Mini Park

Mini Park

I received an email out of the blue from a husband-wife team in Spain who want to do natural playscapes all over their region and could I help? YES! Working remotely from photos and video I came up with this design for a teeny nature play area behind a sports field at...
Preschool Plan

Preschool Plan

Here’s one of my favorite designs for a preschool in Atlanta, GA. It has quite a mix: hills and hill slides, stepping stone paths, orchards, loose parts messy areas, a looping trike track, playhouses, a boulder scramble, a water trickle creek and yes,...
Large Childcare Center

Large Childcare Center

This plan is for a large childcare center in Ithaca, NY that serves 200+ children infant thru school age—the full range! (One of the great things about natural playscapes is that nature offers something special for children of all abilities and ages.) This group...
Home Day Care

Home Day Care

This was a fun project to spruce up the yard at one of my son’s childcare centers in Ithaca, NY. The idea was to create a plan that could be chipped away in phases over time with the help of parent volunteers. We’ve got some fun stuff here. The director...