Professional Practice Networks
Children’s Outdoor Environments


Read articles by ASLA members about Children's Outdoor Environments on The Field.


Julie M. Johnson, ASLA, has authored a LATIS entitled, "Design for Learning: Values, Qualities and Processes of Enriching School Landscapes."  The treatise presents learning values of school landscapes, as well as design qualities and processes to enrich these landscapes for children and the community.  See LATIS homepage for information about LATIS treatises.  Scroll down to the "Design for Learning" piece.

ASLA's Health Benefits of Nature guide includes hundreds of free research studies, news articles, and case studies, organized by adult and children health topics.

Organizations & Associations

American Affiliate of the International Play Association

Children & Nature Network 

Children, Youth & Environments, University of Colorado

International Green School Grounds Alliance

International Play Association

National Parks and Recreation Association: Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CSPI) Certification 

Natural Learning Initiative, North Carolina State University

No Child Left Inside Coalition 

World Forum Foundation: Nature Action Collaborative for Children

Conferences & Educational Opportunities

Healthcare Garden Design – Certificate of Merit Program

Natural Learning Initiative Events 

Natural Learning Initiative's "The Green Desk" is a resource for early childhood educators, childcare providers, administrators, and professionals seeking the latest information to create high quality, healthy outdoor environments for young children.

Play Environments

Sequential Outdoor Learning (SOL) Environment

Nature-Based Learning and Play for Children with Autism and Special Needs