• 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

  • 2020 ONLINE Conference
    on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL

Annual Conference on the VALUE of Play

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

We are thrilled to announce the FIRST EVER ONLINE 2020 Conference on  the Value of Play! This new play conference format is in response to the rapid pace of the COVID-19 outbreak.

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

News & Press Releases

Play Conference Planners Respond to COVID-19 Pandemic by Moving Conference ONLINE

With the rapid pace of the COVID-19 outbreak, the US Play Coalition is officially moving its annual Conference on the Value of Play to an online format. “We feel it’s the right and responsible thing to do,” says executive director Stephanie Garst.  “The US Play Coalition leadership feels strongly that our conference takes on a new importance at times like these. Play is a valuable tool people can use to help address anxious times, and… Read More

From The Playground

Outdoor Industry Asssociation’s Lise Aangeenbrug Kicks Off 2020 ONLINE Play Conference

The US Play Coalition is proud to announce Lise Aangeenbrug, Executive Director of the Outdoor Industry Association, will kickoff the 2020 ONLINE Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR ALL with a LIVE Zoom keynote presentation, “Promoting the Power of Play.” For the last 30 years, Lise’s career has been in service of protecting land and wildlife habitat, building parks and trails, and connecting communities to the outdoors.  Lise currently serves as the Executive… Read More

Action & Research Grants

Grant funding is a distinctive feature of our annual Play Conference, and we are proud to have awarded $52,000 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)

    research pdfs
  • Improving Children’s Health through Play (2018)

    research pdfs
  • The Critical Place for Play in Education (2015)

    research pdfs
  • PLAY Pulse

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