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Earthartist Planning and Design is one of North America’s leading experts in the design and development of innovative, safe and beautiful natural playgrounds and outdoor learning environments.

What is an Earthartist playscape?

Conventional playground equipment and wooden play structures can be very expensive and provide a limited range of experiences that children quickly loose interest in. Our “playscapes” incorporate playful and intricate topography, creative stone sculpture, natural plantings, innovative building materials and play features. Our designs are often inspired by geometric patterns and sacred designs that have intrinsic educational opportunities to create safe play and learning environments.

Earthartist playscapes encourage a wide range of play options and exciting learning opportunities for children of varied personalities and abilities with meaningful occasions to encourage social skills, improve motor skills, experience risks and test boundaries in a safe and challenging way.

Natural Playground Design


  • We were more than impressed with the ingenuity of design, the skills used to interpret the functional requirements for this playground and talent in designing and managing the project. I have no doubt Earthartist will make an unqualified success of any landscape / playground assignment given to them.
    Project manager for F&CS Guelph
  • Earthartist completed a comprehensive evaluation of the existing playgrounds, environmental surroundings and adjacent facilities prior to meeting with stakeholders, staff and tenant groups, ensuring collaborative effort for the design development. I would definitely recommend Earthartist Planning and Design.
    Wendy McLean, Technical Services Officer
  • The playground at our 275 Eramosa Road office in Guelph faced challenges such as site size and proximity to the street. Mike successfully created and executed a design that provides privacy, security, safety and integrates a variety of elements for the children and youth visiting our facility. The unique design elements went beyond the imagination of anyone on our senior staff team and our clients are very pleased with the final design. I have no hesitation to recommend Earthartist for your upcoming project.
    Chris Tremeer, Director
  • Mike’s efforts have been paramount in bringing our vision to the broader school community and generating support required to bring this innovative project to fruition. There is no doubt that our new outdoor learning playscape will be a tremendous success and a huge asset to not only members of the Havergal community, but will benefit the City of Toronto for many future generations because of Mike’s involvement, commitment and passion for this project. I have no hesitation in recommending Earthartist and welcome the opportunity to elaborate further if required.
    Leslie Anne Dexter