There has been a growing dialogue concerning the quality of outdoor play environments for young children (Nabhan, 1994). This dialogue has taken the form of journal and popular press articles, books, symposiums, and research projects that have criticised the condition and pedagogical use of outdoor play areas at schools and child care centres. In the United States this criticism has illuminated not only the paucity of natural elements in these play areas, but the allocation of outdoor space for mainly pre-fabricated equipment and organised sports like soccer, basketball, and baseball.