By Tim Ewing, Director/Naturalist, Navarino Nature Center
Navarino Nature Center in Shiocton is creating a new natural playscape designed to get children outdoors exploring the wonders of nature. Natural playscapes are interactive play areas that use natural items (music, art, water, trees, etc.) to offer endless possibilities for running, jumping, exploring and discovery in an outdoor play area adjacent to the nature center. We’re excited to complete the project soon.
Construction began in July thanks in part to a $2,000 grant from the Clintonville Area Foundation, and in the weeks ahead we are building an otter slide, sundial, hop-scotch, hide-out, drawing area, stump game table, and a music area.
The playscape provides a safe environment for young children to explore the wonders of nature at their level. Through engaging play, children will learn skills such as survival basics, how to tell time by shadows, and animal adaptations. For more information, email the Navarino Nature Center or visit our website.