NPS Designs

Community Green Space Guide

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Nature Play Space Designs that Connect People to Nature

A space intentionally designed or designated to integrate natural components into a place for structured and unstructured play and learning.

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A nature play space will:

  • Provide an important early connection for children with nature and create future environmental stewards
  • Provide an opportunity for both physical and creative play
  • Support children’s physical, intellectual, and socio-emotional development


More information on nature play spaces can be found at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Play Space Pattern Book.

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