Who is this site for?

The Outdoor PLAYbook is a resource for parents, PAC members, teachers, students, community members, and design professionals. If you’re planning a new outdoor play space or learning environment, you have come to the right place!

Parents and PAC Members can see how to get from A to B to C. You can learn about current research related to school grounds, and follow step-by-step guides to PLAN on your own, Work with a design professional, build your project and maintain it after construction.

Students can explore new and exciting play environments and outdoor learning environments. They can also be part of the design process by letting parents know what they like.

Teachers can learn about how to better incorporate outdoor education into their curriculum and can use outdoor elements such as green infrastructure to teach children about sustainability.

Administrators can look at strategies for giving their school a unique identity through their outdoor play and learning environment and by helping connect teachers and parents to work toward enhancing outdoor education opportunities.

Community Members can become part of the process. Many use schools and school grounds as a resource to take classes or to walk around the running track or garden at shared community garden planters. You can help make new designs work during and after school hours.

Design Professionals will be able to work with informed clients that bring creative ideas to the table.