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Slow: Children at Nature Play is a street sign used to raise awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature. The sign shows the silhouette of a young child exploring in nature, full of wonder while observing a salamander (or lizard). Playing off of the standard Slow: Children at Play signs often seen in neighborhoods or near parks, which request of their viewers to slow down their approaching vehicle, the “Slow” in our sign seeks to urge its viewers to “Slow” down their minds and busy schedules, and take notice of the joy and wonder that children exhibit when playing in nature. “Nature Play” is a common phrase in the children and nature movement, and represents a growing trend toward unstructured, natural play for children.
The sign is intended to be displayed in neighborhoods, at trailheads, nature parks and centers, zoos, gardens, aquariums, schools, etc., essentially any place where children explore, play, and learn about nature (or any place where you think that should happen).
If you wish to help spread the message that a childhood spent outdoors and in nature is important for those involved and the world itself, consider purchasing a sign (or more) to display in your setting. Know of a place where a sign should be, such as a nature center? Then let them know about our sign! Stickers and t-shirts are available, too, and work as great conversation starters.
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Sign image © Michael D. Barton & David Orr and phrase “SLOW: Children at Nature Play” © Michael D. Barton. Do not reproduce without permission.
UPDATE (2/9/16) – My three-year-old daughter will undergo surgery at the end of February to treat her epilepsy. Chelsey of Take ‘Em Outside on Facebook and the blog natureplaynanny has supplied us with some of her awesome nature art postcards as a donation perk for our GoFundMe campaign. Anyone who donates $15 or more toward the campaign will receive a set of 5 postcards depicting kids at nature play. Donate here, and get outside! ALL POSTCARD SETS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED!🙂
UPDATE (10/22/15) – Not too long ago we sold our 100th Children at Nature Play sign! It has been very exciting to see where these signs are going (mostly in the US, with a couple in Canada and Australia, and on in Spain), and knowing that our message to encourage folks to make nature play part of every day is being seen. Take a look at this list of supporters and some photos we’ve received of signs in place or being used in some other fashion. Want to stay updated with what we’re doing? Follow along on Facebook or Twitter. Thank you for stopping by!
UPDATE (4/2/15) – Today we are profiled in The Oregonian about our Children at Nature Play sign and getting kids outdoors. Check it out!
UPDATE (2/22/15) – We are ready to start selling our nature play signs! Head over to the order page to place an order (if you wish to ship a sign outside of the United States, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
UPDATE (1/29/15) – We expect to have the signs available for purchase through this website in March, as well as continued t-shirt offerings and stickers. Let us know if you’d like to be notified when the signs are available by emailing us at email@example.com.
UPDATE (1/26/15) – The t-shirt campaign has ended, and we sold 47 t-shirts thanks to you! We will be able to make up 60 nature play signs. So excited!