COE Staff Announcements
by Lisa Horne, Associate ASLA

Natural Child Play Roundtable Discussion Planned for Fall 2012

The importance of "natural play" has gained attention as a way to improve the cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of children. We are often tasked with developing natural play areas for schools, communities, institutions, and private organizations. A natural play roundtable is being organized for Fall 2012 to encourage pediatricians, insurance specialists, attorneys, educational and public administrators, and landscape architects to participate and discuss how to create healthier, more effective environments for children. The program will be hosted by the Landscape Architecture Department of the College of Environmental Science and Forestry, New York State University, and will provide for web-based attendance to permit national interaction. For more information or to volunteer with coordination, contact Aris Stalis at

San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative

In 2009, group of about 60 local organizations formed the San Diego Children and Nature Collaborative to develop opportunities for children to experience nature. The Collaborative is building on a national Children & Nature Network movement, inspired by Richard Louv’s book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder. Among its activities, the group has explored how children can spend more time in nature within their regular activities (family time, after-school programs, camps, classroom lessons); produced local curriculum and a Pocket Field Guide for chaparral; started six Family Nature Clubs and Healthy by Nature prescriptions; sponsored lectures; and established an Advisory Board.
The Collaborative is currently developing three countywide initiatives using local resources. They are called: Healthier by Nature, Happier by Nature, and Smarter by Nature. Programs will focus on the importance of designing for children’s outdoor-nature play, encouraging local pediatric health providers to prescribe outdoor nature play, and establishing more family nature clubs throughout San Diego County. Contact Ilisa Goldman for more information at: igoldman12@


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