Create a Nature Play Area

Nature play areas are spaces intentionally designed to integrate natural components into a place for structured and unstructured play and learning. Instead of (or in addition to) conventional metal and plastic play equipment, nature play spaces feature natural items, such as stump steppers, log seating & tables, plants, natural “loose parts” for building and making art, water, sand, creative pathways, and more. Natural play spaces offer greater opportunities for creativity than a conventional playground can, while connecting children and nature and promoting future environmental stewardship.

Tip: Also be sure to visit our National & State Green School Programs page to learn more about local and national Green School programs and resources to help you to continue to improve the health and sustainability of your school indoors and out!

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Before You Start

Design and Preparation

Implementation

Maintenance

Using Your Project

Sharing Your Project

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