Rusty Keeler

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Rusty Keeler is an artist and play designer living among the hills and woods outside Ithaca, NY. Rusty worked as a playground equipment designer for BigToys in Olympia, WA and Speelhout in The Netherlands before starting his own business in 1996, Planet Earth Playscapes, designing natural landscapes for play. He is also the author of Natural Playscapes: Creating Outdoor Play Environments for the Soul. (Exchange Press: 2008) When not knee deep in mud building playscapes, he can be found knee deep in mud playing. Visit his website at www.earthplay.net. You will also find out more about Rusty on his speaker website: rustykeeler.com

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Snow tunnel at Fire and Ice Event Well, we’ve done it again. Another successful and fun Fire and Ice Festival at the Anarchy Zone and Ithaca Children’s Garden. The “Hands-on-Nature” Anarchy Zone is one of the first of the US’s new Adventure Playgrounds...
Mud Day at The Anarchy Zone “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.” - EE Cummings So there we have it: another successful International Mud Day celebrated, enjoyed, laughed at and loved. Did you go for it? Did you give it a try? Do you know about...
Kids Build the Playground - Rusty Keeler It doesn’t get much more fun than this: building a playground from salvaged materials with a giant group of creative, excited kids. Nice! This was my third year joining the crew at the Hudson Valley Sudbury School and it just keeps getting...
The Anarchy Zone "So there we all were at the Anarchy Zone last Monday afternoon: Alex and I playworking 14 six and seven year olds from Ithaca's GIAC afterschool program, 2 GIAC adult supervisors, 2 Cornell researchers beginning their documented comparison...
Rusty Keeler and Katie Couric So there I was, hanging out with my 2 year old son JJ on his favorite railroad tracks down by the river. We’d been throwing rocks in the water, crossing the railroad bridge hand in hand, and gleefully running down the tracks hollering for the...
Marvelous Mud So there I was, minding my own business at the Open Spaces Preschool in Whangarei, New Zealand. I had just come back from spending a glorious three hours with eight preschoolers and two teachers in the “Wild Woods” — a nearby 4 acre...
The Smoldering Fire of Progress - Rusty Keeler So there I was, heading to the Hands-on-Nature Anarchy Zone at the Ithaca Children’s Garden. It was winter play camp week during the winter break and I was coming to hang with the kids and see what fun things were happening. I arrived mid-...
Kid-Sized Exercise Equipment! Really? Combating childhood obesity is not a bad thing, don’t get me wrong. And we certainly want kids happy, healthy, and in good physical shape. But come on. Look at this: indoor exercise equipment for children?! I clipped these product announcements...
The Adventure Play Renaissance Did you know that there is an Adventure Play Renaissance happening worldwide right this very minute? Yes! How exciting is that? People everywhere are being inspired and empowered to create new versions of the classic Adventure Playground model: a...
Children playing in the mud
OK, here it is: my favorite play project in the whole world: The Hands-on-Nature ANARCHY ZONE at the Ithaca Children’s Garden in Ithaca, NY. YES! I have always loved the concept of “adventure playgrounds” — designated play...