This conference is organised by several organisations in collaboration. The main actors are the Danish Playground Association (NGO), the City of Malmö, the City of Copenhagen, and the University of Copenhagen.
Danish Playground Association was founded in Denmark in 1959. The mission is to inspire children and their families to live a more active and playful outdoor life where they are allowed to play free and use their own imagination and creativity or just having a good time playing outdoors. Danish Playground Association is an interdisciplinary NGO for early childhood educators, landscape architects, play workers and lots of other people that advocate for more and better places for children to be challenged through free play and play with nature’s element.
Öresundsklassrummet Level 2 – Learning and action for a sustainable Öresund.
The aim of the project Öresundsklassrummet Level 2 is to promote everyday integration in the Öresund region. The project, which runs from 2012 to 2014, involves the City of Malmö, the City of Copenhagen and Malmö University. The project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg IVA Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak.
The University of Copenhagen is represented by two researchers from the Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, Section of Landscape Architecture and Planning. One the section’s research fields is related to nature and human health. From a health promoting perspective the importance of supportive and restorative nature environments in relation to workplaces, schools, playgrounds, pockets parks located in the dense city as well as other natural environments is studied. Another focus point lies on the current dynamics of outdoor education and landscape/green space management in relation to teaching and learning outdoors.
Nature Action Collaborative for Children Leadership (NACC). The mission of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children is to re-connect children with the natural world by making developmentally appropriate nature education a sustaining and enriching part of the daily lives of the world’s children.
Connecting children with the natural world: Is crucial for their optimal intellectual and physical development; Provides a sense of refuge and healing in a sometimes violent and frightening world; Helps them grow into adults who care about environmental stewardship; Nurtures a sense of shared community among the world’s peoples.
The Working Forum on Nature Education for Young Children, held in October, 2006 at Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska, USA brought together, for the first time, people from three diverse disciplines – landscape architects and community planners, environmentalists, and early childhood educators – to share information and plan for future collaborative efforts. Participants from 25 nations as diverse as Swaziland, Denmark, and Belize came together to learn from and with each other. One of the major outcomes of the Forum was the creation of the Nature Action Collaborative for Children (NACC).
After the 2006 Working Forum, a global regional representative structure was developed for NACC, which will include up to three regional leaders for each of the six regions of the world. The initial group of regional leaders has been selected to provide as much representation as possible for each of the three disciplines.
Green School Grounds | Malmö is a project at the Department of Internal Services, City of Malmö. Together with students and educators Green School Grounds create and rebuild “grey” school grounds into more diverse and green places where both education and play may be carried out in a creative way. The schools are involved in the whole process from planning to planting.
Malmö School of Nature, at the Department of Education, trains educators in outdoor education linked to nature areas in and around the city and how to develop and use the schoolyards, to increase children’s learning, health and development. School of Nature cooperates with several schools, organizations and departments in Malmö.