Spring is the perfect time to check your playground surfaces to make certain there is ample protection around fall zones. Over seventy percent of all accidents on playgrounds are from children falling. Hard surfaces such as concrete, blacktop, packed earth or grass are not acceptable under play equipment. A fall onto one of these hard surfaces could be life threatening. There are plenty of playground surfacing options to choose from that will meet your safety needs.
Hospital systems adopt nature prescription programs. Several hospital systems across the country have started prescribing patients to take regular nature walks. Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C., maintains a database of hundreds of parks, which it uses to make recommendations to patients. ”I see it as a game-changer for nature centers and nature and conservation in general”, said Gail Farmer, education director at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.