A Call for All Children’s Outdoor Environments PPN Authors!

Children’s Outdoor Environments word cloud / image: WordItOut

Have you…

  • visited a compelling outdoor space that caters to children?
  • heard about or attended an event or program that links children to outdoor places?
  • successfully addressed a child- or family-focused design challenge?
  • attended a child-centered conference that the Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (COE PPN) and other ASLA members should know about?

If so, we invite you to share what you have learned and write a piece for The Field, the blog for ASLA’s Professional Practice Networks (PPNs). For more information, see The Field‘s Submission Guidelines.

Content on The Field is authored by members of ASLA and organized by ASLA’s 20 PPNs, which cover a wide range of practice areas. The PPNs provide opportunities for professionals interested in the same areas of practice to exchange information, learn about current practices and research, and network with each other—both online and in person at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO.

The Field was created to give members who work in landscape architecture a place to exchange information, learn about recent work and research, and share their thoughts about current happenings. We invite you to join the conversation!

The must-haves for every submission include:

  • A brief title (six or fewer words).
  • A main image (landscape orientation is preferred) and additional images. (There is no limit, but we reserve the right to narrow down the number of images as needed.) Each image needs to be submitted as a separate, high-resolution JPEG or TIF file.
  • Please caption every image. Captions and source information (can be repeated in the caption) for each image should be included in the body of the article, approximately where it should be placed. Important: if your images include identifiable people, we will need a signed photo release form from a parent or guardian. We are happy to provide you with a blank photo release form.
  • Main text: long or short, we want to hear from you, but please keep the word count to a maximum of about 1,000. Check out previous posts for some good examples.
  • Web addresses for in-text links, if used, should be included in the body of the piece.
  • Author bios, no longer than 40 words for each author, are encouraged. Bios should be placed at the end of your main text.
  • Please proof your article for spelling and grammar and be sure that all numbers, dates, and names of sources are accurate. We will edit your work for content, style, and grammar. If there is need for major changes and revisions, it may be sent back for clarification and your review, but this is not an absolute.
  • We strive for a fast turn-around! Once copy edited, we try to have the Field pieces posted within a couple weeks.

Are you interested in submitting? We are interested in what you have to say! Please contact Chad Kennedy and Amy Wagenfeld with ideas and questions, and to submit your articles.

by Chad Kennedy, P.L.A., CPSI, LEED®AP BD+C, ASLA, and Amy Wagenfeld, PhD, OTR/L, SCEM, FAOTA, Affiliate ASLA. Chad and Amy are Co-Communication Directors for the Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network (COE PPN).

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