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DNR Unveils Nature Play Space at Annapolis Day Care Center

DNR Unveils Nature Play Space Annapolis Day Care Center

Annapolis, Md. (September 29, 2011) ― Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Secretary John Griffin and Department of General Services (DGS) Secretary Alvin Collins joined students and their parents to unveil the new Nature Play Space at the Play & Learn daycare center in the Tawes Complex in Annapolis.

“This new play space will not only give our Play & Learn students a great place to enjoy our natural world, but will also provide the perfect backdrop for the children to begin learning how to care for our resources,” said John Griffin.

The new Nature Play Space includes climbing logs and boulders, a rain garden and an observation deck for children to view and learn about the garden. In addition, Play & Learn teachers have received Grow up WILD and other early childhood nature training curricula to learn how to best utilize the space with their students.

This project was made possible by Governor Martin O’Malley’s Partnership for Children in Nature. It was planned by a committee made up of DNR, DGS, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, Play Centers, Inc., the Chesapeake Bay Trust and parents of the children who attend Play & Learn.

The concept for the space was designed by Robin Moore, a world renowned landscape architect with the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University.

The project cost approximately $43,000 to complete; $10,535 in grant funding was received from the Chesapeake Bay Trust and Unity Gardens. This is the first Nature Play Space that the Chesapeake Bay Trust has funded and will serve as a model of other play spaces throughout the State. The balance of $27,443 was provided through in-kind services from DNR, DGS and UMBC.  The committee is still seeking donations of lumber to complete all of the structures in the original design.

Volunteers are needed for a Community Build Day on Monday, October 10 from 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m. to install willow tunnels and revitalize the sensory garden. To volunteer, contact Amy Henry at or 410.260.8828. No previous gardening experience is needed.

   September 29, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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