NatureGrounds is a comprehensive program that provides best practice guidelines for creating play environments that integrate manufactured play equipment and the living landscape. Its goal is to ignite a dramatic shift in the standard playground development process by deliberately designing nature back into children’s lives, not only to benefit children’s play but also to engage communities in working together to create richer play experiences for all users

To learn more about the NatureGrounds program, receive a NatureGrounds guidebook, or become a Demonstration Site,

NatureGrounds Guidebook

Download the NatureGrounds Guidebook where you will find…

  • Educational and training tools on research-based design in parks and school grounds
  • Cost effective phased naturalization strategies, including a searchable plant database
  • Tips on how to manage, maintain, fund, and support your natural resource

NatureGrounds, Putting nature into play

Developed by PlayCore with the technical assistance of the Natural Learning Initiative, a research and design assistance program of the College of Design, North Carolina State University.