Recent research has drawn the connection between children’s brain development and time spent in the natural environment. Creating that environment is daunting for many schools, but outdoor-play pioneer Rusty Keeler is determined to show that it’s doable, and the benefits last children a lifetime.
Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder is Keeler’s newest book from Gryphon House. Organized by season, the book takes readers on a photographic journey through real child care centers throughout the United States that have embraced Keeler’s philosophy that natural play environments create new opportunities for children to explore and grow.
Keeler’s hand-drawn renderings show how play spaces can be designed, and interviews with center directors offer insights from the schools making the changes.
“The designs in this book are not overly complex, expensive, or hard to build; they were built by hand by teachers, friends, and families,” Keeler said. “It is a beautiful glimpse into what happens when adults say ‘yes’ to making their yard a place where children can explore, be challenged, and grow freely.”
Seasons of Play is available now. To request a free excerpt or e-galley copy, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
ISBN 978-0-87659-612-8; 216 pp.; PB; $19.95.
About the Author
For the past 20 years, Rusty Keeler has worked with hundreds of community, school, park, university, and child care leaders to dream, design, and construct beautiful outdoor play environments for children of all ages. Keeler is a frequent keynote speaker and a pioneer in the movement to reconnect children to nature.