Maryland Partnership for Children in Nature
Partners please note new links in the right-hand column, designed to make it easier for you to access important information about Partnership meetings and agendas and the work of the Partnership.
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Nature Play Spaces
When was the last time you or your child balanced on a tree log, or jumped off a rock?
There are new nature play spaces popping off all over Maryland at local and State parks, schools and public spaces.
Explore them for yourself in the new Nature Play Spaces Pattern Book.
The Nature Play Space “Pattern Book” is a visual tool used to convey the concept of creating play areas with natural components. These areas provide an early connection for children with nature, an opportunity for both physical and creative play and support children’s physical, intellectual, and emotional development. This on-line tool provides not only a map of where some nature play spaces can be found in Maryland, but allows the user to navigate through a list of components and activities that are typically found in a nature play space such as climbing, hiding and balancing.
By showing some on the ground examples, the Partnership for Children in Nature and DNR hope to spur creativity and inspire the development of nature play spaces across the state, providing an alternative to standard metal and plastic playgrounds. Check the site often, as new images and information will be added often!
Click here to download a print version.