Nancy Striniste, founder of EarlySpace, is a landscape designer and former teacher. She has been designing earth-friendly, people-friendly natural play and learning spaces for children since the mid-80’s. Her palette includes stone, wood, water and plants. Projects begin with a community charette where participants learn about the value of reconnecting children to nature and collaborate to create a vision for their new space. Children and adults work together to help build their space, planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, creating mosaic streams and benches, and through natural building projects such as cob, straw bale and living roof construction.