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Our dynamic educators are world-renowned nature and play experts. They will guide your teachers, families and communities toward a new level of engagement.
Research shows that appropriate risk and time in nature are keys to encouraging resilience, emotional and physical health, and creative thinking in children. Led by nature play experts Adam and Jill Bienenstock, our training team includes recreation specialists, horticulturists, therapists, early childhood educators and landscape architects and designers—all united by a common passion for nature education.
Our relentless desire to advocate for nature education means there is no boundary we won’t push when it comes to fostering nature-rich learning and play opportunities for all children. School boards, municipalities and parks around the world seek out our transformative trainings. These workshops and trainings, which can be coupled with design consultations, occur on-site, so that we can best assess and utilize your outdoor spaces. We offer conferences and workshops to small groups or large systems. However you define your vision, we are ready to inspire you to harness the natural world as your most powerful teaching tool.
Meet Our Trainers
Bienenstock designers and educators consider both the developmental and sensory needs of children when planning playgrounds and creating components. Our aim is to help children of all abilities meet their developmental goals through a sensory rich environment that offers limitless play opportunities, while at the same time, allowing educators to take advantage of this unique learning environment to extend their curriculum outdoors.
Adam is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature-based play spaces, and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam has traveled globally to advocate for children’s rights to nature play, and to collaborate on the creation of spectacular natural parks and playgrounds.
His resume in the natural playground industry is unparalleled; highlights include creating campuses, training, working on projects for the US Army, Parks Canada, and Australia, and City projects for Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, New York, Austin, Denver, Chicago, and Miami.
Adam lives and works at the forefront of the movement to connect children to nature. His bold, charismatic personality sets the tone for the entire company, and he’s at his happiest when he’s pushing executives, municipal managers, and educators out of their comfort zones.
He sits on numerous advisory committees, including the International Association of Nature Pedagogy, Parliamentary Commission on Urban Conservation, The Candadian Wildlife Federation and the Systematic Literature Review on Risky Outdoor Play. His work is accessible, natural and fun.
Known for his wit and humour as a public speaker, Adam invites us to shed our inhibitions and play in the mud. He is the proud husband of Jill Bienenstock, and father of two sons, Sam and Leo. He sneaks off to northern Ontario when he needs to immerse himself in nature; he believes it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth.
As the co-author of The Systematic Literature Review on Outdoor Risky Play, Adam warns us not to be fooled by the serious nature of his experience, after all, at its core this is about inspiring play for our kids… so you can expect some playfulness and irreverence when working with him!
Jill is an early childhood educator with over 20 years experience in various settings. She currently works as the Director of Education, alongside her husband, Adam, at their company Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Jill is part of an exciting team that designs and creates natural playgrounds, which connect children to nature. She focuses on finding ways to extend curriculum outdoors, making it simple and fun for both children and educators. Jill is inspired by the children she works with and enjoys finding creative ways to transform outdoor ‘roadblocks’ into learning opportunities for all.
Early Years & Kindergarten
The Importance of Outdoor Unstructured Free Play
Getting Outdoors All Year Long
All-Weather Nature Play Series
Group Activities, Curriculum Delivery