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Don’t let fear limit your children’s play-based learning opportunities!

Confidently support Risky Play activities that increase your children’s self-confidence, problem-solving, physical development, resilience, and risk assessment skills before the class is even over!

Rusty's Risky Play Roundtable Class!

Go from feeling nervous and saying NO to Risky Play to feeling confident and excited to say YES to Risky Play using Rusty’s simple strategies with friendly support from the class community!

Rusty’s Risky play Roundtable Class is a 4-part online course for play-based early childhood educators, parents, and play advocates that teaches the importance of Risky Play, how to support Risky Play, and ways to communicate the benefits of Risky Play with parents, co-workers, and licensors.

Join designer and author Rusty Keeler on a journey of ideas that will inspire you to say YES to children’s play!

4-part LIVE online course


January 21, 28, February 4, 11

I hour and 15 min class

6:00 - 7:15 pm EST

5-hour certificate available!

Class will be recorded and available to all participants

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what's included:

10 Ways to Support Risky Play resource

All the Recordings

5 Hour Certificate

Sample Letters for Parents about Risky Play

Checklist for Licensors about Risky Play 

Risk Benefit Analysis Worksheet

Risky Play Resource Links

Risky Play Research Links

Risky Play Video Links

Online Class Community

class one


you're going to learn:

What is Risky Play?

What are the Benefits of Risky Play?

Risk vs Hazard: making the distinction

What is your Relation to Risk?

What is Your Risky Play Yes? No? Maybe?

class two


you're going to learn:

How to Support Risky Play

Observing Yourself + Risky Play

How to use Risk-Benefit Analysis

Communicating with Licensing

Communicating with Parents

class three


you're going to learn:

What are Ways to Provide Risky Play?

What does Risky Play look like in Real Life?

What are Risky Play Features?

How do Adventure Playgrounds support Risky Play?

How to Create Your Own Risky Play Zone

class Four


you're going to learn:

What is Playwork?

How does Playwork Support Risky Play?

What is Adulteration?

How Can We STOP Stopping Play??

How can we say YES to risky play today?

This class is perfect for you if:

You want to boost your children’s play and learning opportunities outdoors.

You are excited to see children thrive.

You want to learn about the benefits of risky play to feel more confident and empowered to support it. 

You want to stop policing play and saying NO to everything!

You want to let your children be more free in their play experiences.

You want to feel confident talking to licensors and parents about the benefits of risky play.

You want to be more free to provide new play opportunities for your children and not be limited by their fears.

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Payment plan available

Be inspired—Learn practical stuff—Ask questions—Brainstorm ideas—Share your experiences


A: Yes! Absolutely! You will have access to a recording of each class in case you have to miss a class for any reason. (Or even if you didn’t miss a class and want to watch again!)

A: Yes! You can pay in 2 installments beginning when registration opens on August 28th.

A: Yes! Now is a perfect time to learn all about Risky Play and gain confidence to start to say YES! You’ll learn strategies to use right away as you “Dream Big and Start Small” in your Risky Play adventures!

A: Of course! It is always fun to dive deeper into subjects you love and we’d certainly appreciate hearing your voice and experiences in the class conversations. Plus you might learn a few new ideas and tricks!

A: No problem!  We’ll talk all about it in class! You’ll get tools and tips to help you take small steps to support risky play right away. And little by little you’ll feel more

A: Yes! You can do Loose Parts outside even if you have a teeny yard, share a yard with others, or even have no yard at all!  I’ll be teaching Loose Parts strategies that work in all spaces, big and small!

A: 4 Sundays in January / February:  January 21, 28, February  4, 11  — 6:00 – 7:15pm EST

What People Say About Rusty's Courses

“Rusty is a never ending source of innovation, creativity, inspiration and fun to the core.”

“It was eye opening!”

“I liked that Rusty made space/time for conversation amongst each other and to the broader group, balanced with lecture based curriculum.”

“My ah-ha moment was realizing my fears limit the children.”

“Thanks, Rusty, for all you do and say to inspire us to be better teachers!”

“I’m going to let go of my FEAR!! And let my kids get dirty and take risks!!”

“I plan on adding more loose parts to my outdoor play and continue to say more Yes’ instead of no’s.”

“I will be doing the risk/benefit analyses and also will be looking into the playworkers’ primer. The course gave me some great key starting points in further research. I also record/reflect after each play session now.”

Who is Rusty Keeler?

From Tasmania to Texas, Rusty Keeler has spent the last 30 years traveling the world designing and advocating for children’s play. Described as a cross between Mr. Rogers and Jerry Garcia, Rusty is a frequent keynote speaker and author of multiple books on play including the recent “Adventures in Risky Play: What is Your Yes?” Rusty is the current vice president of the USA chapter of the International Play Association.

Rusty + Risky Play

Rusty has worked with early childhood centers, schools, zoos, parks and private residences around the world to incorporate Risky Play, Nature, and Loose Parts to boost play-based learning and whole child development.

Risky Play projects that Rusty has led or been a part of: the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone at Ithaca Children’s Garden, Reimagining Recess project for elementary schools, Loose Parts pop-up play at community parks. Rusty was a founding advisor for Play:Ground NYC

Rusty has led Risky Play workshops in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Indonesia, Canada and across the USA.

Rusty lives with his family beside a creek in Ithaca, NY with a treehouse, zip line, fire pit, gardens, and loads of loose parts in his backyard.

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