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International conference

Come to "The natural way forward" and be inspired by three days of academic knowledge, practical cases and meetings with like-minded people.

With more than 50 lectures, workshops and field trips, this is the leading event for everyone who wants to work towards a world where playgrounds are green by default. From teachers to designers to academics and policymakers.


The program is in preparation, but we can already reveal the names of the keynote speakers:

  • Adam Bienenstock (Ontario, Canada)
  • Hans Van Dyck (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  • Arjen Wals (Wageningen, the Netherlands)
  • Mary Jackson (Londen, UK)
  • Cedric Ryckaert (Kortrijk, Belgium)

View the program

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Call for presenters

Do you have experience with greening your own playground and/or outdoor learning, are you an expert who  can share interesting cases or have you researched this  topic?

Let us know, we are still looking for speakers and workshop facilitators.

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Practical info

The Provinciehuis is centrally located in Limburg and is easily accessible by public transport. 

The price of a ticket for the conference is 390 euros. Since the programme is set up as a whole, it is therefore not possible to buy single day tickets. This price includes lectures, workshops and excursions, as well as lunch and coffee breaks during the three days, transportation to excursion sites and a networking reception the first day.

Check out the faq for all practical info

Meet the team

The conference is organized by a team of 30 members from the Provinciaal Natuurcentrum. Together we take care of the content, the practical organization and everything else. The project’s content coördinator is our colleague Johan Lambrix.

We look forward to meeting you!

Do you have any questions? Feel free to contact us via, we are happy to help.