Adam Bienenstock

Champion of Nature Play and Outdoor Learning

Adam Bienenstock

Adam Bienenstock is a distinguished speaker, author, designer, and educator, renowned for his steadfast advocacy of nature play and outdoor learning. He believes that every child deserves the chance to build a genuine connection with nature.

His work is at the nexus of environment, health, education, and economy, specifically focusing on how we design and build regenerative landscapes for optimal child development, biodiversity, and physical and mental health through thriving soil and gut microbiome.

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Adam has collaborated with the US National Parks Service, Parks Canada, US Fish and Wildlife, Canadian Wildlife Federation, Green Schools National Network, Green Schoolyards America, and Nature Play Australia, among others. He has spoken at The House of Commons (Canada), The Global Summit on Health and Nature, ASLA, CSLA, NRPA, NAEYC, C&NN conventions and various municipal governments underlining his commitment to influencing policy and community practices.

Relentless Advocate

Relentless Advocate

Internationally Acclaimed Speaker

Internationally Acclaimed Speaker

Presenter to Thousands Worldwide

Presenter to Thousands Worldwide

Through his work, Adam helps audiences uncover the transformative power of nature play and outdoor learning, inspiring them to become involved in the revolution to create enriching natural environments where children can explore, learn, and thrive.

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Recent and Upcoming Engagements

Adam’s expansive repertoire includes workshops, talks and community events on topics spanning human health, environmental sustainability and regeneration, child development, and playground design. See below for some upcoming and recent engagements.


Panellist, College Board Canada Forum
May 23-24, 2024 | Edmonton, AB

Speaker , Children and Nature Network Conference
May 28-31, 2024 | Madison, WI

Speaker, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Conference
September 14-19, 2024 | Calgary, AB, Canada

Keynote Speaker, Texas Children in Nature Network Summit
December 10-13, 2024 | Waco, TX, USA


The Natural Way Forward (TNWF) Conference
April 22-24, 2024 | Hasselt, Belgium

Keynote: “Optimal Environments for Our Children: What’s New is Old, How Nature Solves Most Challenges, and The Obvious Irony of a Keynote From a North American Perspective”

Workshop: “Designing Natural Play Spaces”

Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference (RMECC)
March 8-9, 2024 | Denver, CO, USA

Workshop: “Nature Play: Practical Solutions to Support Children’s Health & Development of Children”

Green Schools Conference
March 5-7, 2024 | Santa Fe, NM, USA

Talk: “Empathy, Immunity and Nature: The Symbiotic Relationship”

Signature Keynote Topics

Unlock the gateway to inspiration and insight with Adam’s compelling array of keynote topics, designed to ignite curiosity and drive change.

Keynote #1: Living Soil and the Biodiversity Hypothesis

Dive into the fascinating world beneath our feet as Adam explores the interconnectedness of soil health, biodiversity, and human well-being.

Keynote #2: Designing Playgrounds with a Net Positive Environmental Impact

Discover how innovative playground design can help to restore natural biodiversity, regenerate the environment, mitigate the heat island effect, and promote drought resistance.

Keynote #3: Ensuring Natural Playground Accessibility and Equity

Join Adam in exploring strategies to ensure that all children have equal access to the enriching experiences of natural play environments, irrespective of factors like age, ability, interests, or socioeconomic status.

Keynote #4: Connecting Gut Health, Human Health, and the Soil Microbiome

Learn how nurturing our connection to nature can promote better health outcomes, and explore the fascinating research that links the soil microbiome and human gut health.

Now is the time for a return to nature.

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