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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".
Beginning Explorers
Add colorful interactive play panels that encourage creativity to your PlayShaper® playground.
Choose play events for kids ages 2 to 5 that allow them to expand their horizons and create new skills. Climbers, slides and enclosures activities are all great choices!
Playground Additions 
Freestanding components such as swingsets or climbers will add fun and value to any playground.
See how our Unique Signs, made from a variety of materials, can complement your Freestanding Components or other play ground equipment.
Government Agencies
Your Landscape Structures playground consultant is available to help you expedite the purchasing process using our GSA contract.
If you are a federal government agency, learn how to get the best government pricing through our Government contracts.
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