UPDATE (2/22/15): We are now selling our nature play signs! Head over to the order page to place an order (if you wish to ship a sign outside of the United States, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org).
UPDATE (January 2015): I currently have a t-shirt available through Tee Spring with the Slow: Children at Nature Play design. If you purchase a t-shirt, it will go toward raising money to order an initial batch of street signs that I will sell through this website. The t-shirt will be available through January 24, 2015. I hope you will help me in raising awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature by ordering a t-shirt. Yes? Go here or click on the image below. Interested in donating toward the project without purchasing a t-shirt? Click here. Thank you!
Slow: Children at Nature Play is a street sign that will be used to raise awareness about the importance of connecting children to nature. My goal is to have signs made up in order to sell them through my website. If you would like to donate to this project of mine in order to fund an initial set of signs, you can do so by clicking on the donate button below. Any help is greatly appreciated! You can find more information about my idea below.
In 2011 I came up with the idea of having a street sign that promoted getting children outside and exploring nature that was similar to the neighborhood signs that ask drivers to slow down because children are playing. “Nature play” is a common phrase in the children and nature movement. When I saw a “Slow: Children at Play” sign in my own neighborhood in Portland, OR, in my mind I inserted “Nature” into it and imagined the silhouette of a kid doing something in nature rather than a team sport or something similar. I contacted a graphic designer friend of mine (David Orr), and he designed the image of a young child holding a salamander that is on the sign.
The sign can be placed in your neighborhood, at trailheads, at nature parks and centers, zoos, gardens, aquariums, schools, etc., essentially any place that children explore, play, and learn about nature (or, a place where you think that should happen!).
This is a project of mine that is currently in development, so if you think you would be interested in ordering a sign when I get to that point, please email me at email@example.com and let me know.
Image © Michael D. Barton & David Orr. Please do not reproduce without permission.