Nature Play Area

"Play is often talked about as if it were relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." - Fred Rodgers

Nature play areas are spaces in nature dedicated to true free play for children of all ages. Nature play areas are made up of all natural elements found in nature and allow for open ended, unstructured, self-directed, imaginative play. Children can incorporate the surrounding landscape and vegetation into their play by rearranging, building, climbing, jumping, digging, discovering, and so much more!

Proven benefits of nature play:debris hut

  • Supports creativity and problem solving
  • Enhances cognitive abilities
  • Improves academic performance
  • Reduces Attention Deficit Disorder symptoms
  • Increases physical activity
  • Improves nutrition
  • Improves eyesight
  • Improves social relations
  • Improves self-discipline
  • Reduces stress
Wood Lake's Nature Play Area is open daily dawn - dusk, open year round, and free for visitors of all ages and abilities!