We are thrilled to offer Continuing Education to professionals like you, who share our goal of creating awe-inspiring play solutions for all. We provide pre-recorded, online courses through our learning management system, or live courses via Zoom. Select an option below to begin.
As an approved provider through ASLA’s Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LA CES), we offer free courses with accreditation* for landscape architects and other professionals. Courses are approved for LA CES 1.0 PDH accreditation.
*To receive accreditation, you must pass the quiz at the end of each course.
Our learning management system allows you to learn at your own pace with all on-demand courses available at any time. For first time users, select “Sign-Up” to register. For returning users, select “Log In” and enter your credentials. To review available courses, select “View Course Descriptions”. (Please note there is a multi-step process for registering.)
How to Register for On-Demand Courses
Sign up for one of our upcoming live Continuing Education courses below.
Addressing Ableism Through Inclusive Playground Design – November 16th @1PM ET
After decades of design shortcomings, playgrounds that account for the presence and diversity of childhood disability are on the rise. This course explores how to create inclusive play spaces for disabled children and their families through a presentation of best practices concerning community engagement, accessible parking and pathways, play component selection, signage, playground programming, and playground surroundings. These best practices, along with questions about the influence of ableism and engagement with disability theories, will provide a roadmap for creating more inclusive and joyful play environments.
Upon completing this course you’ll be able to:
- Discuss ableism and its contribution to exclusionary play experiences.
- Implement inclusive playground best practices.
- Engage disability theories to enhance playground planning and design.
On-Demand Course Descriptions:
All on-demand courses are previously recorded.
10 Steps to an Autism-Friendly Playground
According to the CDC, about 1 in 44 children has autism. This number has been on the rise over the years, and it’s estimated that over 3.5 million people in the United States now live with an autism spectrum disorder.
Best Practices for Design and Specification of Fabric Shade
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.
Combatting Trauma with Playful Spaces
All children deserve to grow, play, and thrive in a safe environment. Unfortunately, the society within which we all live is filled with places, conditions, emotional stresses, and even pandemics like Covid 19, that attack our safe places.
Community Engagement: A Case Study
Kids Cove—a beloved community playground in Marquette, Michigan—showed clear signs of deterioration after two generations of service. A group of volunteers identified the need for a new inclusive playground, and the city agreed to support the initiative if the volunteers would lead the fundraising and planning.
Creating a Sensory Rich Playground
This course will explore the proprioceptive sensory system in detail and convey how children use play equipment to get proprioceptive inputs. We will also discuss the importance of auditory and vestibular experiences and how they can be created beyond musical instruments and swings.