• 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 half-day series featuring leading health professionals and researchers from across the country.  The institute is part of the 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play: THE NATURE OF PLAY. Building on the inaugural Online Health & PLAY Institute, the second annual Health & PLAY Institute (HAPI22) kicks off with lunch on Monday, April 4 in Clemson, SC. This year, we will examine the synergies between play and… Read More

From The Playground

Play Therapy Forum Coming to the 2022 Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is partnering with the Multicultural Play Therapy Center at UNC Charlotte to offer a Play Therapy Forum, shedding light on the therapeutic power of play. This special series is one of our new Play Forums for the 2022 IN PERSON Conference on the Value of Play. The Play Therapy Forum will help kickoff the conference on Sunday, April 3. Sessions include: Healing from Trauma: Play Therapy Principles for Intergenerational Relationship and… 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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