Nature Play Spaces Elements - Climbing Activities

Nature Play Spaces

Examples of Climbing Activities

Climbing on Big Tree Stumps at Brown Memorial Weekday School 

Climbing on big tree stumps, Brown Memorial Weekday School

Climbing wall built into a hill, Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center
Climbing wall built into a hill, Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center

Hay barrel tunnel, Waldorf School of Baltimore 

Hay barrel tunnel, Waldorf School of Baltimore

 Outdoor play area, Waldorf in the Woods

Outdoor play area, Waldorf in the Woods

Sand play area with climbing boulders at Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center 

Sand play area with climbing boulders, Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center

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Climbing boulders & logs, Shaare Tefila Preschool

 Children climbing trees with ropes at Catonsville Presbyterian Church Family Child Care Center

Children climbing trees with ropes, Catonsville Presbyterian Church Family Child Care Center

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Tree stump climbing area at Constitution Gardens Park

Slides with Tree Stump Stairs at Constitution Gardens Park 

Slides with tree stump stairs, Constitution Gardens Park

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Playing on wooden platforms, Lucy School

 Boulder steps, slides, and a climbing wall, Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center

Boulder steps, slides, and a climbing wall, Johns Hopkins Homewood Early Learning Center

Toddler sized climb and slide 

Toddler sized climb and slide, Constitution Gardens Park, Gaithersburg

Climbing apparatus, Barcelona, Spain  

Climbing apparatus, Barcelona, Spain

Rock garden, Barcelona, Spain  

Rock garden, Barcelona, Spain

 
Using tree stumps for climbing  

Using tree stumps for climbing, Patapsco Valley State Park, Hilton Area

Howard Nature Conservancy Natural Play Space 

Children enjoy climbing in a safe, natural play space. Howard Nature Conservancy, Howard County

New mushrooms carved from wood at Greenbriar State Park 

Carved wooden mushrooms are great for climbing. Greenbriar State Park, Frederick & Washington Counties

 
 

Temporary displays can be a challenge too. Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation

 
 

A downed tree can teach love of nature and be used for climbing. Irvine Nature Center, Baltimore County

 

Structures such as stages can provide climbing challenges.Photo compliments of Krisna Becker.

 

Incorporate both live and downed trees.

Boulders 

Boulders can be irresistible. Play and Learn Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

Climbing logs  

Climbing Log. Play and Learn Annapolis, Anne Arundel County

 

Tree stumps provide a climbing challenge. Brookside Nature Center, Montgomery County

Stage or Platform Area  

Stages can also be used for climbing & jumping. Assateague State Park, Worcester County