The US Play Coalition 2014 Conference on the Value of Play: Collaboration and Creativity in partnership with IPA/USA

February 16-19, 2014
Madren Center, Clemson, South Carolina

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Sessions start at 1 PM on Sunday, February 16, 2014 and the program concludes Tuesday evening following the closing banquet, which is provided to all attendees as part of normal registration.

Collaboration and creativity are two key skills in the 21st century and they are naturally developed and encouraged through play. Further, our ability to create partnerships across schools, businesses, parks, medical centers, and communities will increase opportunities for play throughout life and will promote happier, healthier living.

In order to address these important areas, the 2014 conference will feature six tracks: Education, Programming, Park and Recreation, Health, Business/Corporate, and Children’s Museums.

Submit a session proposal to present at the 2014 Conference: Proposal (Deadline September 18)

Register to attend the 2014 Conference: Registration (Early bird discount ends November 8)

Who attends:

Attendees of the annual conference come from diverse fields including park and recreation professionals, educators, researchers, health scientists, landscape architects, business leaders, psychologists, parents, physicians, and many more.

What attendees of the 2013 conference had to say:

"Great sessions, quite diverse! I thoroughly enjoyed it."

"Fabulous conference. So many wonderful speakers so much great and helpful info, wonderful contacts. Also a wonderful and warm and playful spirit infused the whole conference. I really appreciated it!"

"Great conference! Too many great speakers to choose from. A well balance of all parts of play."

"Outstanding conference."

"Great time and great job. Presentation facilitators were professional and great to interact with. Loved keynotes."


Attire throughout the conference will be business casual, and remember to keep in mind that we will play and move often. You may wish to pack clothing that allows you to be more active during designated play breaks. Some attendees also enjoy “playing” dress up for the Tuesday evening closing banquet. Our typical temperatures are 60 during the day and 40 at night, but it does vary.

Each attendee will also receive a PLAY button upon arrival. We ask you wear your button throughout the conference.

Technology and room setup:

Each room at the conference will be equipped with a PC computer, projector, and screen for use by the presenter. Please bring your presentation on a thumbdrive/USB/flashdrive. Only the computers provided in the rooms will properly operate the technology. To ensure compatibility, we invite all presenters to send us their powerpoints prior to the conference.

If you wish for your session participants to have printed materials in hand during the conference, you will need to bring them with you as we do not have access to a copier at the conference venue.

Flip charts will be available by request only. Please let someone at the registration desk know at least an hour prior to your presentation that you will need a flip chart and one will be brought into the room for you.

Playing a game of musical chairs during the 2013 conference.



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