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Play Naturally™ Resources & Articles
Get informed, stay connected and take action.
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.
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.
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".
Sustainable Practices
Landscape Structures is committed to healthier sustainable communities.
Landscape Structures has been ISO 9001 certified for quality and ISO 14001 for environmental stewardship for more than a decade!
Shade your Playground
Shade your playsystem with Landscape Structures CoolToppers® Shade systems.
Block up to 90% of harmful UV rays on your nature-inspired climbers with our CoolToppers® shade systems.
Landscape Structures follows the established safety and accessibility standards for manufacturing equipment.
At Landscape Structures, safety is never negotiable. Find out how we create safer products and help you maintain a safe playground.
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