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Play Naturally™ Resources & Articles
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Articles
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
In this best seller, author and journalist Richard Louv famously coined the term "nature-deficit disorder" to describe what happens when kids are disconnected from nature.
Children & Nature Network (C&NN)
A vast resource for the latest news and research on the importance of reconnecting children with nature.
U.S. Play Coalition
Help promote the value of natural play in the lives of children, adolescents and adults by joining this national play coalition.
Sajai Foundation
The Säjai® Foundation, created by Landscape Structures' cofounder Barb King, develops programs that inspire and motivate kids to achieve a healthy, balanced life. To increase Säjai's reach, they merged with Camp Fire in May 2013. Learn more.
Resources
Read the article on Benefits of Nature for Children
Studies shows that children can benefit from playing in natural environment, including improved concentration and school achievement, reduced stress levels, reduced symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and a foundation of environmental stewardship. 
Add just a few natural elements to make a big impact on your play environment.
Adding just a few natural elements to any playground design can make a more attractive and comfortable playground for children and families.
Peter
Q&A session with Peter "Gunnar" Gunnarson, an artist and designer with Landscape Structures, on his unique job of making the "natural" come to life.
Play Naturally trends in playground designs
Over the last few decades, playground design has changed a great deal, and today the emerging trend is to balance the benefits of play with the benefits of nature.
Read an article on Go outside and play!
The way many children play today has changed. Some of the important efforts of park and recreation pioneers have set the stage for professionals to help reverse obesity trends "in our backyards".
Theme Designs
Add a theme to your playground park plans.
If you can dream it, we can build it. Landscape Structures can create any theme playground component design you can dream up.
Block UV Rays
PlayShaper® Playstructures are perfect for preschoolers to develop their physical skills.
Shade your PlayShaper® play structure with our CoolToppers® shade systems, and block up to 90% of the sun’s damaging UV rays!
Unique Playgrounds
Check out our custom capabilities and theme components we can design for your community playground.
Theme Components and Structures are one of our specialties, and designs are available at no extra charge! From a riverboat theme to an elaborate castle, we can make it happen.
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