A couple of years ago I attended this conference as a speaker to discuss the developmental needs of children in play environments. I went into the conference as an instructor but quickly became the pupil. All of the attendees were professionals dedicated to play and children’s outdoor environments, who have, and are, doing great things. This three-day conference is a great experience for anyone involved with design and management of outdoor play environments.
–Chad Kennedy, ASLA, Officer and Past Co-Chair of the Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN
2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play
Call for Presentations Deadline: 11:59 PM EST, Sunday, October 15, 2017
The US Play Coalition is now accepting proposals for Educational Sessions, Poster Presentations, and the Play Research Symposium at the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play: The Many Faces of Play. The conference will be held April 8-11, 2018 at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina. “The Many Faces of Play” will explore play from across the globe and address universal issues of access, accessibility, inclusion and more.
At the Conference on the Value of Play, we have long relied on scholars, practitioners, and industry leaders to share their expertise on various aspects of play. Submit your application to present in one of the following theme tracks (detailed on the call website):
- International/Global Play
- Multi/Intergenerational & Adults at Play
- Accessible & Inclusive Play
- Health, Recreation & Play
- Nature Based & Outdoor Play
- Education & Play
- Designing for Play
- Emerging Trends in Play
- Nuts & Bolts
Those whose presentations are accepted to the 2018 Play Conference are eligible to apply for research and action grants (additional application required).
All conference presentation proposal submissions are peer reviewed using a double blind process. The deadline for proposal submissions is 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, October 15, 2017.
To submit a proposal to present at the 2018 Conference on the Value of Play, go to the call website.
by Stephanie P. Garst, Executive Director, US Play Coalition