Children in Nature - Natural Play Spaces

Elements of a Natural Play Space

Examples of Hiding Places

Fort building can be done with loose materials such as bamboo or branches.

Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation

Hollowed out tree.

Brookside Nature Center
Montgomery County Parks

Seating at the end of a path can create a hiding place or special area.

Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
New York

Fort Building with branches and fabric can be done and redone by visitors and children.

Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation

Hollowed out trees can be inviting for even the smallest explorers.

Brookside Gardens
Montgomery County Parks

A bright colorful curtain can create a simple hiding place.

Locust Grove Nature Center Montgomery County.

Native Honeysuckle Teepee - Atkins Arboretum

Bean Teepee can be used for connecting children to food and creating hiding space.

Funshine Children's Garden
Adkins Arboretum
Caroline County