315 - Ecologically Sustainable Landscapes: Using Nature to Close the Play Gap

Thursday, September 28
8:00 AM–9:15 AM

Location: Room 217

Days: Thursday, 28 September
Track: Conservation
NRPA Three Pillars: Conservation
Session Type: Education Session

Portland Parks & Recreation is extending ecologically sustainable landscape management practices throughout our system. This session examines the development, process and implementation of increasing biodiversity through conversion of under-utilized passive open space to habitat patches and natural play spaces. These efforts build on ecological functions and benefits they provide. The initiative brings nature into neighborhood parks for enjoyment and nature play close to home.

CEU Credits: 0.1

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of the session, the participation will be able to apply ecological principles to design conversions of underutilized open spaces to biologically diverse landscapes.
Using the concepts of nature play, participants will be able to create nature spots in neighborhood parks that will help fill the nature deficit disorder play gap.
Participants will be able to develop collaborative processes from concept to maintenance and stewardship of habitat patches and nature spots.