Continuing Education Seminars

Playground Design Resources

We are pleased to offer Landscape Structures’ Learning Academy Continuing Education Seminars to parks and recreation professionals and landscape architects. As an authorized provider of continuing education from the International Association for Continuous Education and Training (IACET) and the Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System™ (LA CES), we’re able to offer professionals continuing education credits.

Find a session that best fits your audience’s needs in our 100 level or 200 level offerings, or plan a trip to visit our corporate headquarters in Delano, Minn., to complete the PLAY Tour.

100 LEVEL COURSES: Continuing Education Seminars

A Higher Level of Inclusive Play

During this continuing education course, you will learn about the changing population of children and families on the playground, and how to create playground designs that meet their unique needs.

Inclusive Playspace Design: A Planning Guide

Receive an overview of the 10-step playground planning process—from connecting community members to planning, designing, promoting and funding—to develop an inclusive playspace.

Everybody Plays. A Guide to Multi-generational Design

Take a look at the evolution of the aging population and age-integration trends, while addressing how intentionally designed parks contribute to healthy lifestyles, can keep older adults engaged in society and combat common ageist beliefs.

Maintaining Safe Play Environments

This course highlights the primary causes of playground injuries and will discuss the responsibilities owners, as well as manufacturers, have for providing and maintaining safe playgrounds.

Trends in Play Space Design

This course examines playground trends that create kid magnets, facilitate multi-generational interaction and signature playgrounds that tell a community story.

Play It Cool: How to Have Fun in the Sun

Understand why shade is important, how to determine the optimal solution and how to design shade for your specific needs.

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200 LEVEL COURSES: Continuing Education Sessions

All Ages, All Abilities, All the Time

Discover how the principles of universal design can contribute to social equity, and receive examples of how to create spaces that encourage health and wellness for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Design Excellence in Play

This session examines global trends and their impacts on designing impactful playground environments. Discussions also focus on the opportunity for collaboration between designers and park planners.

Evidence-Based Landscape and Playground Design

Hear how a study, completed by the STAR Center in Denver, Colo., evaluated the outcomes of outdoor play by children, therapists and families experiencing the play space as a natural setting for rich, multi-sensory occupational therapy interactions.

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Additional Opportunities

Landscape Structures Play Tour

This educational session includes a tour of our manufacturing facilities during which you’ll see processes in action and learn how manufacturing improvements have created more environmentally preferable products.

Lunch & Learns

If you are not in need of continuing education seminars for credits, we have general lunch-n-learn presentations available. Contact your local Landscape Structures playground consultant to get more details and schedule a session at a time and location convenient to you.

Products presented during the session may be proprietary to Landscape Structures

Landscape Structures has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Learning Academy presenters are representing Landscape Structures. Landscape Structures is a LA CES™-approved provider.

Landscape Structures has been approved as an Authorized Provider by both IACET and LA CES™.

To learn more check out the Continuing Education Seminars and the Landscape Structures website or contact you local General Recreation, Inc. Sales Consultant.

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Aquatix, the aquatic play division of Landscape Structures, and a leading supplier of aquatic play equipment also offers a series continuing education sessions. View the sessions below and consider scheduling a session, either an in person or a virtual session.

Choose from 100 level and 200 level sessions. 100 level offer basic topics, while the 200 level sessions offer a more advanced level of education.

100 LEVEL COURSES: Continuing Education Units

Designing a Spray Park A to Z

Spray parks are a fast-growing amenity
of park and recreation departments. This course will present ideas on the process of installing a spray park and the intricate details of design through construction.

Inclusive Spray Play

This course will examine the best practices for designing inclusive spray parks including placement of site amenities and spray features to embrace inclusive, team
and group spray play.

 

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Designing a Safe Spray Park

Spray parks are quickly becoming a popular amenity. This course will highlight spray park features that meet Certified Playground Safety Standards and ASTM Standards, and discuss sources of water supply and how each can prevent water-borne illnesses.

Adding a Spray Park to an Existing Pool Area

Attendance at pools is dwindling and can be revived by adding a spray park on the deck, the surrounding area or by adding features in the water. Learn about adding, expanding or refurbishing spray features, as well as replacing a wading pool with a spray park.

Futuristic Spray Play

The spray park industry is changing at a rapid pace. Get ideas on what spray parks will look like in years to come as they evolve to be more inclusive and encourage group play.

Water Sources, Uses, Repurposing and Water Quality in Splash Pads

Splash pads are a fast-growing amenity. Also keeping pace is the increase in Recreational Waterborne Illness (RWI). This session will discuss sources of water supply, and best practices in water clarity, turnover ratios, preventing RWI and utilizing secondary disinfection options.

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