The US Play Coalition is now accepting proposals for Educational Sessions, Poster Presentations and the Play Research Symposium at the 10th Anniversary Conference on the Value of Play: PLAY FOR LIFE.  The conference will be held March 31 – April 3, 2019, at Clemson University in Clemson, South Carolina.

“PLAY FOR LIFE” will explore play across the lifespan and address universal issues of access, equity, inclusion, health and more.

The latest research and practices in the field of play will be presented at the play conference, which brings together play researchers, park and recreation professionals, camp professionals, educators, health scientists, architects, landscape architects, business and community leaders, psychologists, physicians, museum professionals, students and parents from across the U.S. and beyond.

At the Conference on the Value of Play, we have long relied on scholars, practitioners and industry leaders to share their expertise on various aspects of play.

Research Symposium Sessions will be grouped by topic. Presentations should be only 15 minutes long as they will be one of 2-4 presented in a block.  A 15 minute Q&A will follow the series.

Educational Sessions are interactive and aimed at practitioners.  These Educational Sessions are 50 minutes long including Q&A.

Poster Presentations will display from Sunday through the Tuesday closing banquet to maximize visibility.  Poster presenters are expected to accompany their posters during the pre-banquet reception on Tuesday.

Theme tracks include:

Education and Play;
Health, Recreation and Play;
Nature Based and Outdoor Play;
Multi/Intergenerational and Adults and Play;
Designing for Play;
Emerging Trends in Play;
International/Global Play; and
Nuts and Bolts

Deadline for submissions is 11:59 EST on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
Notification of acceptance/rejection: December 15, 2018.
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The US Play Coalition is a partnership to promote the value of play throughout life. We are an international network of individuals and organizations that recognize play as a valuable and necessary part of a healthy and productive life. Our membership is diverse – including educators, parents, physicians, health scientists, park and recreation professionals, psychologists, landscape architects and many more. Membership is free, and simply requires a declaration of shared commitment to the value of play.