Continuing Education for Professionals

Are you looking to expand your knowledge about playground design while simultaneously fulfilling your yearly Continuing Education (CE) requirements? Little Tikes Commercial offers educational courses for free, with automated credit reporting. If you are an architect, landscape architect, or other construction professional, you can count on Little Tikes Commercial to help you maintain your accreditation.

Continuing Education for Professionals

Meaningful Placemaking for Outdoor Spaces: Best Practices for Design and Specification of Fabric – March 18th @ 1PM EST

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.

 

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Urban Playground: How Child-Friendly Planning and Design Can Save Cities – April 15th @ 1PM EST

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 masterplans, public spaces and streetscapes. Healthier children mean happier families, stronger communities, greener neighborhoods, and an economy focused on the long-term. Make cities better for everyone.

 

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Previous Courses

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.

Instructor: Mara Kaplan

I LU/HSW 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.

Instructor: Jason Rodham

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.

Instructor: Jason Rodham

1 LU from LA/CES

Surfacing Secrets

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.

Inclusive Play Clinic

Who needs play? Everyone! This course offers various design concepts that help people of all abilities feel welcome on the playground. Unlimited Play, Little Tikes Commercial’s premier partner, is a non-profit organization focused on transforming communities by building universally accessible playgrounds that provide the freedom of play for ALL children and families.

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