Research & Programs

Unrivaled Industry Expertise and Acumen

GameTime is a PlayCore company, which means it has access to design programs and educational curriculum developed by experts in the field of play and recreation.  These research-based resources are reviewed by independent peers and provide guidance to your community and offer insight for landscape architects, parks professionals and others who want to create a recreation space that aligns with best practices.

Minnesota Wisconsin Playground provides design guides, curriculum programs, and educational resources free of cost or obligation as part of our investment in your community.  With PlayCore experts, we also provide educational seminars across Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Seminars are provided at no cost and attendees are eligible for CEU hours.

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National Demonstration Sites

Playgrounds and fitness areas that are designed using these best practice guidelines can be eligible for recognition as National Demonstration Sites by PlayCore.  National Demonstration Sites are included in PlayCore's online database, promoted in industry and educational publications and utilized as case studies in community outreach sessions and educational workshops. 

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Professional Development & Continuing Education

PlayCore has a comprehensive Outreach Education Program that can provide free customized educational seminars on a variety of topics surrounding play and recreation, all available to our customers in Minnesota and Wisconsin.  The seminars are crafted to be flexible in order to meet the individualized needs of our audiences.  Our goal is to create informative, innovative, and fun learning opportunities while increasing your awareness about the value of play and current trends in the industry.

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Natural Playgrounds

There's an expanding body of research that reveals a strong link between children’s experiences of being outdoors in nature and their psychological well-being and overall development.  PlayCore worked with the Natural Learning Initiative and North Carolina State University to develop the best practice guidebook, NatureGrounds.

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Trail Play

Greenways and trails offer a natural oasis in many cities.  These pathways are some of the most beneficial amenities in a community.  Sadly, many trails are underutilized by children and families.  That's why PlayCore partnered with the Natural Learning Initiative and North Carolina State University to offer this educational resource designed to help professional and community activists promote playful trails and greenways across the region.

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Outdoor Adult Fitness Parks

Outdoor fitness parks encourage fit and active lifestyles for children and adults alike.  This guidebook, developed by PlayCore in partnership with leading experts in the fields of health, exercise physiology, and human performance, outlines the advantages of parks and outdoor fitness zones as critical health solutions, by reducing sedentary-related illnesses and removing the barriers to a life of fitness and activity.

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Inclusive Playground Design

This guidebook, developed by PlayCore in partnership with Utah State University, Center for Persons with Disabilities, Me2: 7 Principles of Inclusive Playground Design is a comprehensive manual for creating play environments for people of all ages and abilities. 

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