KOMPAN experts present a variety of webinar topics, opening eyes and minds to how to get the most out of investing in playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas.
Registration is free and open now.
Preparing for back to school looks different this year. We know educators and parents are focused on how to keep students safe while offering quality learning environments. Using design principles of forest schools and open-air learning, we’ll work with you to create an environment where children will thrive. Forest schools and open-air learning have existed for almost a century. They were intended to curb the spread of infectious diseases and keep kids healthy by offering fresh air, good ventilation and exposure to the outdoors. Our outdoor classroom solutions are perfect for schools, pre-schools, after-school programs, day camps, museums, art galleries and churches, as they provide safe and stimulating learning environments. Students can spend 1 hour, 1/2 a day or an entire day learning outdoors. Forest school educators will tell you issues in the classroom literally disappear when students are learning outdoors. Children who find sitting in a classroom a challenging and sometimes anxious experience, tend to thrive in outdoor learning environments. Research from around the globe has shown that spending time outdoors can ease some symptoms of depression, enhance memory and cognitive function, reduce stress and improve creative thinking and problem solving. All of that is conducive to enhanced learning.
How Students Benefit From Outdoor Learning
- Increase Self-Confidence – Learning outdoors offers new challenges, different from the indoor classroom experience. As students accomplish these new challenges, they build self-confidence and enhance relationships with teachers and classmates.
- Connect Students With Science & Nature – Children are more inclined to become stewards of the environment when they spend time enjoying nature. Being outdoors fosters STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning too.
- Strengthen the 5 Senses – Children have different learning styles, and being in nature supports those different styles. Hearing a songbird. Smelling a flower. Feeling the bark of a tree. Tasting snow. Activating all five senses can help children learn.
- Reduce Stress & Bullying – Nature has a calming effect on our bodies as it helps to lower stress and anxiety. Outdoor educators report students have more self-discipline and are less likely to behave inappropriately when they are learning outdoors.
Traditional School Classrooms
Take learning outside. Wooden seats, tables, whiteboards and chalkboards allow educators to replicate the indoor classroom experience outdoors. Seating can be adjusted as required throughout the day and to account for physical distancing. Hand sanitizing stations can be positioned beside each classroom and shade sails help to protect against the elements.
The Pinecone is an excellent solution for easy classroom management in an outdoor environment. Educators are reassured students are safe while still physically distancing on Lily Pad seating. Whiteboards or chalkboards are some additional features available for Pinecone Classrooms.
For educators looking to bring a natural element to their classrooms, the UPC Parks seating and podium, Waterplay rocks, and grass shade structure, help to connect students with nature. These elements are permanent installations due to their size and weight. A nature-based classroom can also include chalkboards, whiteboards and hand sanitizing stations.
We have many great designs to share with you. Contact us!
Enter our win a bench or bike rack contest this summer. Entries are accepted from Aug 1st, 2020 to Sept 7th, 2020.
TO WIN A BENCH OR BIKE RACK
- SNAP a photo of where you NEED A BENCH or BIKE RACK in your community.
- SHARE your photo with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn, identify the location, and tag it with #winabench.
- FOLLOW US to WIN.
YOU CAN WIN:
One lucky winner will get a Miela Resysta Bench. Resysta is a extremely durable material, resistant to sun, rain, frost and salt water. It consists of 60% rice husks, 22% common salt and 18% mineral oil and maintains the visual appearance of wood. The Diva Bench has wooden lamellas that form the seat and backrest. Simple but impressive both in outdoor and indoor public areas. Highly resistant to vandalism and adverse weather conditions. The Edgetyre Bike Rack is a simple bicycle stand for use in outside areas. The upper horizontal bar hides a durable rubber belt that protects the paint on parked bicycles. A must for any cycling community!
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KOMPAN experts are presenting a new series of webinar topics, opening eyes and minds on how to get the most out of investing in playgrounds and outdoor fitness areas. Registration is free and open now.
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Our play experts are highlighting some of the best practices in the world of play. You can either participate via webinar or listen while you work to one of our live podcasts! We are discussing some of the industry’s current issues and answering all of your questions.
LIVE PODCAST – Changes in CSA Playground Standards April 29th at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 20 minutes
The sixth edition of CSA Z614, Children’s Playground Equipment and Surfacing, has just been published in March 2020. Greg Howden, Operations Manager, and Jeff Kuby Play Consultant, at RecTec Industries, will explain the new changes that have been made and how these changes will impact future playground designs.
WEBINAR – Can We Build Healthier Communities with Sport Courts & Outdoor Fitness Parks? May 1st at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 30 minutes
Urbanization is affecting the health of Canadian children, youth and adults and has been linked to sedentary lifestyles, less physical activity and higher rates of obesity. How can we increase physical activity? By designing communities that make being active an easy choice.
LIVE PODCAST – School Playgrounds 101 May 6th at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 20 minutes–
Our Play Consultant, Pat Zelenak is the GRANDDADDY of school playgrounds! In his 30 years in the industry, he has probably built over 500 school playgrounds. Listen as Pat talks about the do’s and don’t’s of building a playground. Pat will touch on inclusive, accessible and usable playgrounds, child development and the ever-important risky play.
WEBINAR – Nature Play Is More Important Than Ever! May 8th at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 30 minutes –
With each passing day of the COVID crisis, it’s easy to see how many families lack access to nature. Nature plays such a huge role in both our physical and mental health, we must provide access for all. Join outdoor enthusiast Mitchell Taubensee as he explores new and creative strategies for connecting families to the natural world.
LIVE PODCAST – COVID-19: Preparing the Playground for When Children Are Allowed to Return May 13th at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 20 minutes –
COVID-19 is changing the way we work and play. When the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Health Authorities of BC and Alberta, give the go ahead for children to return to playgrounds, you want to be ready. Following the guidelines set out, we will discuss strategies and best practices from around the globe for re-opening your playground.
WEBINAR – Tailor-made Playgrounds with Out-of-this-World Custom Play Structures May 15th at 3:00 pm PACIFIC Time 30 minutes –
The KOMPAN Design Studio is a special unit based in Berlin. This unit employs highly experienced designers, architects, and engineers; some with more than 25 years of experience within the playground industry. Join us as we explore the many awe-inspiring playgrounds from around the world to get a glimpse at what is possible!
LIVE PODCAST – Keeping Kids in the Playground Longer with Shade & Seating
Do you know why most children don’t play at the park for longer than 20 minutes? It’s not because they are bored, but because their parents are bored! If we want children to spend more time outside, then we need to provide comfortable seating for the parents, as well as, structures to protect them from the sun, rain and other elements.