Events and Initiatives

Programs and Events 

The Benefits of Nature Play 8AM- 10 AM      Thursday June 13, 2019

Benefit from the experiences Adam brings from his career to our community to help children where they spend their time from schools to parks. He knows how to

  • Drop your bullying rates
  • Lower teacher absenteeism
  • Reduce Injury rate on the playgrounds
  • Craft Natural Playscapes with safe and effective design
  • Create public messages on how these spaces make children happier, healthier and smarter.
  • Address concerns about liability.

Nature Play Areas, available in several of your local parks, provide health and wellness benefits for children. These areas can be thoughtfully installed with lower costs and far greater benefits than traditional playground equipment. Adam Bienenstock, an internationally renowned designer and builder, will discuss how you can bring the benefits of Natural Playscapes to your community, providing places for children to positively interact with nature and each other in creative play.

Registration requested, walk-ins welcome.  Age: 18Y and up click link/registration below


Contact (937) 277-4835 or for details.

Natural Playscape Professional Tour 8 AM-3:30 PM Thursday June 13, 2019  $20 w lunch

Includes the above the Benefits of Nature Play Keynote and then join us on a tour to visit local Natural Playscape sites at Lincoln Hill Gardens, Forest Field Park, and Lost Creek Reserve with additional discussion and hands-on design exercises presented by Adam Bienenstock.  Limited seats available.

Registration Required. click below


Contact (937) 277-4835 or for details.    Age: 18Y and up

Thank You to our Major Supporters

 Additional support from

  • Hanley Sustainability Institute
  • RTA
  • Miami County Park District
  • Centerville Washington Park District

Adam Bienenstock

Adam Bienenstock

Founder & Principal Designer

Adam is an internationally acclaimed designer, builder, and researcher of nature based parks, and the founder of Bienenstock Natural Playgrounds. Adam’s nature-play advocacy work and spectacular natural parks and playgrounds have sent him around the world. Bienenstock  is at the forefront of the movement to connect children to nature.

Strategic projects and partnerships include Parks Canada, Right to Play, the, the US Army, nature centers, zoos, school boards, childcare facilities and municipalities around the world. Bienenstock sits on various advisory committees including the CSA Playground Safety Standard writing committee, Parliamentary Commission on Urban Conservation, and the Systematic Literature Review on Risky Outdoor Play.

His work is accessible, natural and fun, pushing the comfort zones of executives, municipal managers, procurement officials, teachers and principals.  He is known for his wit and humour as a public speaker and invites us to laugh at ourselves as we roll up our sleeves to re-wild our cities and get our kids outside to play!

  • Living Playgrounds
  • Nature Play
  • Lecture/Discussion and Group Activities



Programs From Our Partners:

Brukner Nature Center Young Birders Club

Geared just for students in grades 6TH-12TH with an interest in birding, membership in the YBC is just $10/year, plus high quality binoculars and field guides are provided for meetings and field trips, so no additional equipment is needed!  Please contact Brian for more information at!

Walk with a Doc Programs

Walk With a Doc is a nationally recognized program that takes place throughout the Miami Valley. To find a location near you to participate in, click here.


MVLNCI has Partnered with Dayton Regional Green on a Connect to Nature Site Certification.  Our work was featured in an article on the Children and Nature Network written by Richard Louv! Click Here to read about this initiative.

Information from our past Safe Routes Forum event can be found here.

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Meet the Team

Meet the Team!




Connect to Nature Award Nomination