Training Opportunities

Playworld is proud to offer engaging, informative sessions that provide a deeper understanding of various aspects of play, design and sustainability while offering the credits you need. All of the courses are free, and we come to you to deliver the course(s) you need for a personalized, interactive session (with at least one course taking place at our manufacturing facility). Contact us for help addressing your current challenges.

Assessing an Inclusive Playground Workshop

Attendees will leave this workshop with a step-by-step process that they can apply to any playground, existing or planned, to evaluate inclusive design and equipment.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA 1.25 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Play Sculpture: The Art of Fun

This presentation begins with a brief history of play and sculpture, and then discusses how manufacturers of play equipment walk through the process of creating unique pieces that incorporate play value while meeting safety standards and guidelines.

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Play Sculpture: Design Workshop

This fun and educational workshop expands on the course entitled “Play Sculpture: The Art of Fun.” Participants collaborate to create models of play pieces that can be identified as playful art.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA 1.25 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Making Parks Relevant

This course reviews trends that affect outdoor spaces, park and recreation funding trends, and ways to change the perceived value of outdoor recreation.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Designing for All Abilities: Playgrounds Beyond ADA

This presentation includes an overview of the basic principles of inclusion beyond ADA, a review of major disabilities and how they relate to play, and examples of real-life inclusive play solutions for children with disabilities.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Recreation Equipment Manufacturing Processes with Respect to the Five Aspects of Sustainability

This course provides an overview of environmentally responsible manufacturing and the material selection criteria considerations to make when specifying sustainable playground equipment.

This course is approved for: AIA 2.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 2.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .2 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Inclusive Playground Training Certification

This inclusive playground training program is unique in the world of outdoor recreation. It is a research-based, in-depth program that offers a real-world grounding in principles based in child development and inclusive best practices. Training includes six self-guided modules and final certification test.

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Inclusive Play: Designing Outdoor Environments for Everyone

This presentation provides an overview of inclusive playground designs, the planning process and a child-centered focus that informs equipment selection.

This course is approved for: AIA 1.0 LU/HSW Credit, ASLA 1.0 PDH/HSW, NRPA .1 CEU Equivalent (good toward maintaining CPRP, CPRE or AFO).

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Presenters

Ginny McDougal

Ginny has been in the playground industry for more than 14 years, working with landscape architects, designers, and park and recreation professionals. With a passion for play, inclusion and sustainability, she incorporates these principles into her work. She has a degree in interior design, is certified in inclusive playground design and also has her CPSI certification.

Missy Benson

Missy has a landscape architecture degree from Virginia Tech and a horticulture certificate from Norfolk Botanical Gardens. She has worked with landscape architecture firms in both Massachusetts and Virginia focusing on play and recreation design, master plans and surveys for municipalities and historical sites. As a play advocate for Playworld, Missy conducts educational presentations about the importance of free, accessible and sensory-rich play.

Dan Perreault

Dan is a licensed landscape architect and past president of the ASLA – Michigan Chapter and CPSI. With more than 30 years of experience in the playground industry, he focuses primarily on play area design and play as it relates to child development and learning. As part of Playworld’s Save Play Initiative, Dan shares information and research data about various aspects of play and how they benefit children, families and communities.

Jamie Hendrickson

Jamie has a landscape architecture degree from the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University and is the Vice President of Chapter Services–Oregon ASLA. Her design background and passion for the holistic benefits of play guide her in educating others about nature play, sustainability and inclusive design. She is a LEED Accredited Professional, is certified in inclusive playground design and recreation installation, and has her CPSI certification.