Elements of a Natural Play Space
Small Worlds are Miniature Ecosystems
Children are drawn to miniature worlds, or ecosystems, where they can use their imagination to create their own special place. Nature Play Spaces include many of the elements of the larger world, just on a smaller scale.
Miniature ecosystems or representation of the surrounding culture - such as this lighthouse replica.
The scale of these stools put the kids' perspective as part of this smaller world.
Natural boundary sand box.
Portable fort building for creating their own world.
Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation
Child scale seating.
Brookside Nature Center
Plants can be used for walls in a space.
Small hiding places can spark imagination.
Seashells, rocks and pine cones become a small world in the sand.
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Examples of Nature Play Spaces
- Assateague State Park
- Adkins Arboretum
- Brookside Nature Center
- Calverton School
- Carroll Park
- Greenbrier State Park
- Howard County Conservancy
- Irvine Nature Center
- Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary
- Locust Grove
- Oregon Ridge
- Patapsco Valley State Park
- Play and Learn Annapolis
- Rocks State Park
- Sharre Tefila Preschool