Natural Play Spaces - Brookside Nature Center

Brookside Nature Center - Nature Play Space

The Brookside Gardens Nature Exploration Area in Wheaton, is adjacent to the Brookside Garden Nature Center. It includes an outdoor play area that was built with the help of Eagle Scouts, volunteers, and interns. This play area has lots of spaces for visitors to explore and play in the natural world. The space includes a digging area, a giant scaled bird’s nest, log rolling area, musical area, stump jump, a bird blind, colorful artwork and lots more. There’s also a little set of child sized table and chairs made from logs. Six large tree logs line one side of the play area so that older kids can climb and balance on top.

The natural play area serves as a bridge to playing in larger natural areas adjacent to the area including a larger meadow area and woods.

Child size tree stump seating
Child-size Seating

 

Musical Fence
Stump Jump​

 

Hollowed out log
Hollowed out log

 

Musical Movement area
Musical Movement

 

Oversized birds nest
Huge Birds Nest

 

Log rolling area
Log Rolling Area

Oversized birds nest
Loose Parts​

 

Bird Blind
Bird Blind​

 

Fairy Garden
Fairy Garden

 

Digging Area
Digging Area

 

Colorful Artwork
Colorful Artwork

 

Rocky Terrain
Outdoor Classrom & Rocky Terrain

 

Our Partners

  • Montgomery County Parks
  • Montgomery County Parks Volunteers
  • Eagle Scouts
  • Volunteers