Children in Nature - Natural Play Spaces

Elements of a Natural Play Space

Examples of Plants

Native habitat.

Calverton School
Calvert County

Insects feeding on plants can be fascinating.

Photo courtesy of Ryan Haggerty, USFWS

Shade trees in Nature Play Space, Montessori School of Northern Virginia

Trees not only provide shade, but invite birds and other wildlife to the area.

Montessori School of Northern Virginia.
Photo compliments of Early Space, LLC

Plants can be used to create inviting pathways.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
New York

Butterfly gardens attract pollinators.

Assateague State Park
Worcester County

Sunflower room.

Brooklyn Botanical Garden
New York

Community gardens provide nature play spaces for children.

Patterson Park People's Garden
Baltimore City