• 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY
    April 3-5, 2022, Clemson, South Carolina

  • 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY
    April 3-5, 2022, Clemson, South Carolina

  • 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY
    April 3-5, 2022, Clemson, South Carolina

  • 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY
    April 3-5, 2022, Clemson, South Carolina

Conference on the VALUE of Play

The Play Conference, as it is commonly known, is an annual professional conference presented by the US Play Coalition.

The latest research and practices in the field of play are presented at the conference, which brings together play researchers, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, designers, planners, park and recreation professionals, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

The 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY will be April 3-5, 2022, in Clemson, South Carolina.  “THE NATURE OF PLAY” is a PLAY on words, allowing for broad interpretation by presenters!  As always, the play conference will explore play across the lifespan, play in the workplace, play in the classroom, play in NATURE and address universal issues of access, equity, inclusion and more.

News & Press Releases

2022 Health & PLAY Institute at the Conference on the Value of Play

The 2022 Health & PLAY Institute is a special series featuring leading health professionals and researchers from across the country. Recorded live at the 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY, the second annual Health & PLAY Institute (HAPI22) builds on the 2021 inaugural Online Health & PLAY Institute. This year, the institute examines the synergies between play and health through the lens of the conference theme, THE NATURE OF… Read More

From The Playground

VIDEO: Keynote Speaker
Dr. Drew Lanham Shares
“Passion as Playtime —
Why Loving What We
Do Can Save Us”

Dr. Lanham is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology, Master Teacher and Certified Wildlife Biologist in the Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department at Clemson University.  His published writings — “The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature,” “Sparrow Envy: Field Guide to Birds and Lesser Beasts,” and numerous essays and articles — chronicle his experience as a Black man raised in South Carolina with a fascination for wild places and the feathered… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded more than $60,000 in funding to date.  Through competitive funding opportunities, we offer both Action and Research Grants to playmakers and researchers whose work has the potential to improve and expand the Play Movement.

  • Research-Based Case for Recess (2019)

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  • Improving Children’s Health through Play (2018)

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  • The Critical Place for Play in Education (2015)

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  • PLAY Pulse

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