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All Hands in the Dirt: Where design and education meet

Published on September 29, 2011

Participants take part in a workshop during the 2010 TELG Forum. Photo: Mike Derblich.Participants take part in a workshop during the 2010 TELG Forum (Photo: Mike Derblich)

Every fall we bring together a group of educators, designers and programmers for All Hands in the Dirt: A Forum on the Design and Programming of Children’s Outdoor Spaces. The two-day event explores new ideas and innovations in children’s outdoor learning spaces around the world.

It is estimated that children spend 25 per cent of their school day outside. To this end, teachers and landscape architects alike are putting increasing emphasis on creating healthy, nurturing outdoor spaces for their use. All Hands in the Dirt provides a unique opportunity for programmers and designers to engage in hands-on learning and knowledge sharing, facilitated by Evergreen’s own education and design experts. Participants walk away with concrete tools and loads of inspiration.

For the second year, the Forum will be held at Evergreen Brick Works where Chimney Court, our award-winning children’s play and education space, will act as a focal point and demonstration centre.

We are also excited to announce our two internationally renowned keynote speakers, designer Rusty Keeler and landscape architect, Birgit Teichmann.

For more information and to register, visit the Forum website or contact Anne Dabrowski at