Latest Issue of the American Journal of Play Available Online for Free

Latest Issue of the American Journal of Play
Explores Play in the Age of Information
Now Accessible Free Online at

How has computation changed play? In the latest issue of the American Journal of Play, Miguel Sicart, associate professor at the Center for Computer Game Research at IT University Copenhagen, explores the relationship between computation and play in the Age of Information.

Sicart establishes that play describes the creation of worlds with other players and often with the aid of props such as games or toys. Play is not valuable for its utility, but rather for its own purposefulness. Sicart claims that computers too are valuable beyond their immediate utility. Sicart focuses on the concept of reontologization—the process of transforming information. Computers have fostered “a transition from analogue to digital data” and have, therefore, created a new world. Play is also reontologizing because it is appropriative, autotelic, and expressive. Play translates a situation, context, space, and time into the scene or instrument of play, has its own negotiated purpose, and is produced or performed with a personal touch. Just as computers have created a world in which we consume information differently, play creates a world in which we can express ourselves in a new way. Such similarities explain the merging of computation and play in the rise of video games.

Sicart frames his ideas with the stories told in the classic novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Quixote creates and inhabits an imaginary world in permanent clash with the actual world. Sicart believes that to comprehend the complexity of play, we must understand Quixotean Play: play capable of engaging with and appropriating reality regardless of resistance. Recognizing play within this new context will allow us to understand play as a form of expression in the Age of Information.

Additional articles in Vol. 10, No. 3 of the American Journal of Play include:

“Problem Gaming: A Short Primer,” by Thomas E. Gorman, Douglas A. Gentile, and C. Shawn Green.

“The Physical Environment for Play Therapy with Chinese Children,” by Yih-Jiun Shen, Slyvia Z. Ramirez, Peter L. Kranz, Xinhua Tao, and Yuanhong Ji.

“Developing a Dramatic Pretend Play Game Intervention” by Thalia R. Goldstein.

All issues of the Journal are available free online at If you are interested in ordering a print subscription of the Journal, visit

The American Journal of Play, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of play, is published by The Strong in Rochester, New York.

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Act Now: Save Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument!

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Dear James,

On Dec. 4, 2017, President Donald Trump signed proclamations significantly reducing the size of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in southern Utah’s world-renowned panoramic canyon country. Not only would these monuments be diminished in size, they would also be fragmented into separate units.

Urge BLM to protect Grand Staircase-Escalante’s important scientific, historical, and cultural resources!

President Trump’s actions to shrink these two monuments are being challenged in federal court. Despite this active litigation, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has drafted land use plans for both the new smaller monuments and a separate land use plan for the public lands that were removed by the Trump proclamations from Grand Staircase-Escalante. These new plans will guide how lands within and outside of the new monument boundaries are managed until the courts make further determinations. In particular, the lands cut out of the new, smaller Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument are being threatened in the draft plans by potential new coal mining, oil and gas drilling, and other development. While the courts will ultimately determine the fate of these monuments and public lands, it is important to participate in this process, both to register your disapproval of these actions and to voice your opinion on the values these lands contain and how they should be managed.

Send your comment to the BLM now!

The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was designated in 1996 to preserve important scientific, historical, and cultural values, including world-class paleontological resources. Since then, more than two dozen new dinosaur species have been among the many scientific discoveries on lands within the original monument boundaries. The Grand Staircase-Escalante’s spectacular scenery and outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation have drawn visitors from around the world, providing an economic boost to nearby rural communities.

Many extraordinary places lie outside of President Trump’s revised monument boundaries, including significant parts of the Kaiparowits Plateau, Paria Canyon, Circle Cliffs, and the Hole-in-the-Rock Road corridor. These lands are the most vulnerable to development and must be managed to ensure conservation of their unique geologic, cultural, and ecological values.

Your voice is critical to this effort. Please submit a public comment today!

For the wild,

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Colorado Environmental Film Festival Environmental Photography Exhibition

Does your photography move audiences to think about our environment? Show us your work and make a difference. Best of show in the Annual Environmental Photography Exhibition at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Cash awards. Great venue and a great cause. Held in conjunction with the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. There will be a photography keynote speaker and reception. Details at

Under 19 and over 19 award categories.

Enter Your Photograph Now!

Important dates:

· Call for Entries deadline: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

· Notification Date: Friday, November 20, 2018

· Physical Delivery Date Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

· Opening Reception: February 22, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm with Keynote speaker (6:30-7:15pm)

· Exhibition Open at American Mountaineering Center: February 22-April 26, 2019

Please share with all photographers, outdoor organizations, nature centers, parks, natural resource agencies.. Thanks.

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Jonny Copp Award is now Bigger! Apply Now

$1000 Grant Apply NOW: The Jonny Copp Award 2018

This September, DJI and The Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media are partnering with the Adventure Film Festival to up the ante on their annual Jonny Copp award! Created to support adventurers, artists and environmentalists dedicated to living a life guided by passion, love and the desire to create positive change, 2018’s award includes a DJI Mavic Air Fly More Combo and a $1000 adventure filmmakers grant. The package will go to a young filmmaker who embodies this beautifully audacious spirit. Do you feel, deep in your soul, a relentless desire to create true positive change by sharing your love & knowledge? If so, we invite you to apply for the Jonny Copp award. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Please apply at by October 3rd, 2018 to be considered.

Whether you apply or not, we hope that you’ll join us at the Adventure Film Festival for three days of adventure, creation, and exploration with award-winning filmmakers, visionary conservationists, and the world’s foremost names in adventure sports. Climb, film, write, draw, cook, bike, and experience new virtual realities. At the heart of the festival is a selection of 2018’s most critical and transformative independent films, featuring special guests and live performances. From ultramarathons to Inuit activism, folk rock to rock climbing, no two films have the same stripes—each is crafted to shift the way we view our world and ourselves. Get a sneak peek of the official film selection here. The festival launches October 5–7 in Boulder, Colorado before beginning its world tour.

Purchase passes here: For more information, visit #AFF2018

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Natural Resource Careers Summit – Help Shape Tools for Youth Career Development

Are you a career influencer? Do you support youth in exploring natural resource or environmental careers through environmental education programming? If so, please join the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education (CAEE) and Colorado Youth Corps Assocation (CYCA) at the 2018 Careers in Natural Resources Initiative Summit!

WHEN: Tuesday, September 25th from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Colorado Parks & Wildlife – Hunter Education Building, 6060 Broadway, Denver


A major focus of the Summit will be to discuss and begin to move forward on several exciting new projects including:

  • Development of a High School Natural Resource Careers Awareness Resource
  • Assembling an Advisory Committee to provide guidance on the development of the High School Awareness Resource
  • Distribution and use of the brand new Spanish translated version of the “How-To Guide for Pursuing a Career in Natural Resources”

Who should attend?

· Government agencies, non-profits and businesses interested in building pathways for youth to enter the natural resource field and in increasing the diversity of applicants for natural resource positions.

· K-12 and higher education institutions interested in connecting their students to natural resource career information.

· Environmental education providers, youth corps, and other youth-serving organizations interested in how they can incorporate natural resource career messaging into their programming and serve as better career mentors to their participants.

This event is FREE and lunch is included.

Register by September 20th.

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Did You Know the US Bureau of Reclamation is into Recreation and has a Newsletter

The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states. The facility, funded by the Bureau of Reclamation’s Research and Development Office, Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, opened in 2007 and is designed to conduct research on cost-effective advancements on: brackish ground water desalination, small-scale rural water systems, renewable energy integration, concentrate management, and produced water treatment.

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Looking at Shasta Dam from the auditorium in the Shasta Dam Visitor Center.

The Current
Reclamation’s Biweekly Newsletter

July 13, 2018

Summer is a busy time for people traveling throughout the country. The Bureau of Reclamation has several visitor centers at facilities across the West that share the benefits and history of these dams and facilities. If you are traveling this summer in an area where these visitor centers are located, please stop by and learn about these wonderful facilities.

Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam (Arizona)
The Carl Hayden Visitor Center at Glen Canyon Dam is located in Page, Arizona, and features interactive exhibits, introductory films, a relief map of the entire Glen Canyon area. There are tours of the dam for $5. Glen Canyon Dam is the second highest concrete-arch dam in the United States, standing 710 feet tall. The 26.2 million acre-feet of water storage capacity in Lake Powell, created by Glen Canyon Dam, serves as a ‘bank account’ of water that is drawn on in times of drought. Learn more →

Flaming Gorge Dam Visitor Center (Utah)
The Flaming Gorge Dam and Visitor Center is located in Dutch John, Utah, and provides information on Flaming Gorge Dam and National Recreation Area. The visitor center here is a great place to start any tour of Flaming Gorge Country. A large 3D model, on-going films and interpretive displays give one a good overview of the myriad of recreational opportunities that await. Tours of the dam are available daily from April 15 through October 15. Learn more →

Grand Coulee Dam Visitor Center (Washington)
Grand Coulee Dam is one of the largest concrete structures in the world. It contains nearly 12 million cubic yards of concrete, enough to build a sidewalk four feet wide and four inches thick and wrap it twice around the equator. A laser light show, One River, Many Voices, is shown nightly on the face of the dam from Memorial Day weekend through September 30. The visitor center contains exhibits depicting Grand Coulee Dam’s role as a primary irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric dam on the Columbia River. The exhibits also address the effects the dam has had on various groups of people, including Native Americans and early settlers. Learn more →

Hoover Dam (Nevada/Arizona)
Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada, it took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. The visitor center is open daily with three different tour options of the dam. Learn more →

Hungry Horse Dam (Montana)
Hungry Horse Dam is on the South Fork of the Flathead River, 10 miles south of the west entrance to Glacier National Park and 20 miles northeast of Kalispell, Montana. The Hungry Horse Project includes the dam,, reservoir, powerplant, visitor center, unique glory hole spillway, and switchyard. At the time of its completion, Hungry Horse was the third largest dam and the second highest concrete dam in the world. The visitor center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning May 27 through September 10, although these dates are subject to change. Learn more →

Shasta Dam (California)
Shasta Dam is located about nine miles northwest of Redding, California, on the Sacramento River. Built during the seven-year period between 1938 and 1945, the dam is a 602-foot-high concrete gravity dam, which provides flood control, power, and water supply benefits. The tour staff at Shasta Dam invites you to take a free guided tour of the dam and power plant. Tours are offered 7 days a week. It includes going into the dam where guides will discuss the history, purpose and construction of this huge project. After the short walk through the dam, the tour visits the powerhouse for a chance to view California’s largest hydroelectric generating station. Learn more →

Yellowtail Dam Visitor Center (Montana)
Yellowtail dam is located in Fort Smith, Montana, and is a multi-purpose development providing irrigation water, flood control, recreation and power generation. The visitor center includes two films and several exhibits. It is open daily between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. The dam is not accessible for tours. Learn more →

Recent News

The Rio Grande flowing through the Colorado town of Del Norte.
Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that 27 entities were selected to receive a total of $2.6 million to establish or further develop watershed groups in order to address water quantity or quality through Cooperative Watershed Management Program Grants. Of the 27 entities selected, 19 are existing watershed groups, including one from the Virgin Islands, and 8 are establishing a new watershed group. Learn More →
Jeff Morris sitting.
Bureau of Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman announced that Jeffrey Morris was selected as the Manager for Native American and International Affairs. In this position, Morris will coordinate Reclamation’s Native American and International Affairs programs. Learn More →
Outlet works on dam in Yakima Basin.
The Bureau of Reclamation’s July 2018 Total Water Supply Available forecast for the Yakima basin indicates a full water supply for senior and junior water rights this irrigation season. This is an improvement for the junior users whose entitlements were limited to 96% of their full supply since June 11, based on the June TWSA. Prorationing is now 100%. Learn More →
RV campground has 11 renovated RV campsites with new sidewalks, fencing, information bulletin board and kiosk.
The Upper Conconully Lake Campground will open for the 2018 season beginning June 29. Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will manage the facility in partnership with Reclamation. Reclamation closed the site in fall 2016 due to health and safety violations. Since that time, Reclamation work crews have renovated the campsites and updated the water well to meet industry standards. Learn More →
The Delta-mendota canal with a pipleine going over it.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released for public review the draft Environmental Assessment and draft Finding of No Significant Impact for the proposed approval of the annual return of up to 20,000 acre-feet of previously transferred Central Valley Project water from Reclamation-acknowledged water banks over a nine year period. Learn More →
Canyon Ferry Dam and Reservoir
The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Canyon Ferry Public Meeting on July 18, 2018. Topics of discussion will include information on campgrounds, marinas, the Shoreline Management Plan, Off-Highway Vehicle use, and Aquatic Invasive Species. Learn More →

Prize Competition

A link to a video describing the Pathogens Prize Competition.

As western U.S. water demand grows and water supplies become scarcer, wastewater reuse is becoming an increasingly important water management strategy. Wastewater is a drought-resistant and reliable water source that is readily available in urban centers for beneficial reuse. Bureau of Reclamation and Xylem, Inc, in collaboration with the Water Research Foundation and the Environmental Protection Agency are seeking the development of rapid, more accurate pathogen detection technologies that can facilitate public and regulatory acceptance of direct potable reuse. Ideas are being sought through a prize competition in which crowdsourcing is used to find and award the best ideas.