Continuing Education for Professionals
We are thrilled to offer Continuing Education (CE) to professionals like you, who share our goal of creating inspiring, innovative play solutions for all communities. We offer courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on Miracle Recreation to help maintain your accreditation.
Miracle Recreation is an approved CE provider through the ASLA–Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES). These courses are approved for LA CES 1.0 PDH
Learn more about our courses below!
Urban Playground: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities – April 15th @ 1PM ET
What type of cities do we want our children to grow up in? Car-dominated, noisy, polluted and devoid of nature? Or walkable, welcoming, and green? As the climate crisis and urbanization escalate, cities urgently need to become more inclusive and sustainable. This session taught by Tim Gill, scholar, advocate and consultant on childhood, reveals how seeing cities through the eyes of children strengthens the case for planning and transportation policies that work for people of all ages, and for the planet. Gill will show how urban designers and city planners can incorporate child friendly insights and ideas into their master plans, public spaces, and streetscapes.
Meaningful Placemaking for Outdoor Spaces: Best Practices for Design and Specification of Fabric
Never before have human beings been so sedentary, nor spent so much time indoors. One obstacle to being outdoors is sun exposure – healthy in small doses but dangerous in large ones. This course offers shade creation techniques for designers, landscape architects, urban planners and park and recreation professionals. Tensile fabric structures elevate the value of outdoor space to a high degree. They can be purely functional or wildly imaginative. The designer’s imagination is the key. This course discusses the value of tensile fabric structures and the variety of applications for this exciting form of architecture. The factors that make up tensile fabric structures are discussed, including framing, fabric, connections, and foundations. The process of bringing a fabric structure from idea to implementation is thoroughly discussed. And case studies are inserted throughout to show these innovative structures in action.
10 Steps to a Playground for Children on the Autism Spectrum
1 in 54 children in the United States are on the autism spectrum. 3.5 million people in the United States live with an autism spectrum disorder. This workshop will explore the autism spectrum disorder, the implications for families bringing their child to a playground, and 10 strategies to incorporate in playground designs that address those needs.
I LU/HSW from LA/CES
The Land & Water Conservation Fund
Passed into law in the summer of 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is a landmark piece of environmental legislation for the United States. One of its key outcomes is to guarantee full funding and allocation of the 1965 Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Historically, the LWCF has been dogged by underfunding, diversion of resources and uncertainty about its long-term future. The GAOA establishes a permanent, minimum-level of funding for the LWCF at $900-million annually. This presentation will discuss the LWCF’s ongoing operation and the scale and scope of its investment in outdoor recreation over the past 55 years.
1 LU from LA/CES
Playground Fundraising and You
You can’t build a playground without money. Organizations that understand the fundraising landscape – and have a strategy for meeting their objectives – are typically more successful. In this session, we will explore how to identify and communicate effectively with potential donors and review the strategies you can employ to execute a winning fundraising campaign. As part of this session, we’ll also discuss the realities of fundraising in a post-Covid world, including the future of online fundraising and in-person events.
I LU/HSW from LA/CES
Loose fill vs. Synthetic. Accessibility and Safety. Cost and Maintenance. Every playground requires safety surfacing, yet what to purchase is one of the hardest decisions to make. In reality, there is no perfect surfacing, but in this course we will explore all of the different options and discuss the benefits of each type. The goal of this course is to give you all of the information so that you can educate your customers. Together you will be able to make the best decision for a particular playground’s size, budget, use, and maintenance plan.
Playgrounds for All: Designing inclusive playgrounds that meet the needs of all families
Communities are identifying inclusion as a high priority when developing master plans and playground designs. This course offers specific techniques for thinking about inclusive design for designers, landscape architects, urban planners and park and recreation professionals. We will explore how to easily implement inclusive design principles into any playground design.