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Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children (DVAEYC)

An intensive day of design and collaboration explored how nature-based play can be introduced into even the small yards of family child care providers in the city. The charrette resulted in model site plans for eight typical Philadelphia yards and a kit of parts with pricing. These tools will help family child care providers apply for improvement grants and to use these funds effectively.

Nature-based play is hands-on, spontaneous, and gives children access to everyday tools and natural materials. Nature-based play is defined by Nature Play and Learning Spaces as "a learning process, engaging children in working together to develop physical skills, to exercise their imaginations, to stimulate poetic expression, to begin to understand the workings of the world around them." One of the hallmarks of nature-based play is "loose parts" like tree stumps, sticks, nuts, and pine cones that let kids build and improvise. 

Volunteer Design Team

Andrew Jacobs

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Landscape Architectural Designer
SALT Design Studio
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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Charrette Participants (27)

Meghan Talarowski

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Landscape Architectural Designer
SALT Design Studio
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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Sara Pevaroff Schuh

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Landscape Architect, Registered

“These are the places where I want to work as a design professional.”

SALT Design Studio
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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

Tashya Leaman Dalen

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Landscape Architectural Designer
SALT Design Studio
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Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Reflects volunteers' profession and firm at time of Design Grant
Project Title
Infill Philadelphia Play Space Design Charrette: Child's Play
Address
N/A - prototypes
Philadelphia, PA
Neighborhood
Other
Volunteer Hours
643
Value of Pro Bono Services
$64,505
Design Grant Completed
October 05, 2016
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