Bringing Nature to Play
As communities grow, readily accessible natural play spaces often diminish. The opportunities for children to climb trees, play hide and seek, or explore the beauty of the outdoors with their friends are often replaced with more indoor sedentary activities. Studies reveal a strong link between children's experiences being outdoors in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development.
Reconnecting Children with Nature
Research shows that when children play in environments that integrate the nature and the built environment, they reach higher levels of physical activity, engage in more social interaction, and provide increased play value within the play space.
Designing Naturalized Playgrounds
GameTime is a proud partner with the Natural Learning Initiative, a research and design assistance unit of the College of Design, North Carolina State University, to purposefully and thoughtfully design nature back into children's lives.
Created in partnership with the Natural Learning Initiative and our parent company, PlayCore, NatureGrounds® provides best practice guidelines for creating and retrofitting play environments that integrate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape to create richer play experiences for all users, engage communities, and build social capital. By considering the existing topography and incorporating child-friendly plants that bring additional play value to your project, we strive to create more naturalized playgrounds in a variety of phases to meet your needs.
GameTime can help you visualize your project through state-of-the-art computer aided design services, implement best practices into the overall design, and recommend zone specific plants to bring additional value to your play environment. Using GameTime's recycled roofs and panels, along with other nature themed play elements you can further add to the natural appeal of your playground.
Visit NatureGrounds.org to access the online plant database and learn more about GameTime's National Demonstration Sites.