Little Woods


Asbury Woods completed in 2011 a new outdoor nature play area called “Little Woods” to encourage more opportunities for creative, unstructured nature play for children. Our hope is that the new area will not only be a destination for nature play, but also serve as a model for families’ backyards, schools, day cares, etc. to consider how they can add areas for nature play at their own sites.

The purpose of “Little Woods” is to encourage children to play outdoors in nature. Research shows that frequent, unstructured play in nature at an early age:

  • Is one of the best predictors of active adulthoods
  • Improves concentration, creativity and imagination
  • Reduces symptoms of attention-deficit disorder in children
  • Increase early exposure to plants, animals and soil and reduces allergic conditions to these
  • Has a strong influence on the development of life-long conservation values

Enclosed by a small rustic fence, Little Woods offers young children a safe place to explore intimate paths, water features, and “loose parts” that encourage creative building opportunities.

Special thanks to all of our donors and volunteers who helped initiate Little Woods nature play area, especially; The Erie Community Foundation, Fair View Garden Club, Kohl’s Department Store, Lowe’s, Phil and Sally McAfee, Friends and Family of Sandy Martin, McDowell High School Internship Crew and the Erie Area School to Career Partnership, Pioneer Garden Club, Eagle Scout Rory Taylor and Boy Scout Troop 52 and Asbury Woods Carpentry Crew Volunteers.

Sept 1 - May 31

Tues. - Sat.
10 am - 4 pm
Sun. Noon - 4 pm

June 1 - August 31
Mon. - Sat.
10 am. - 5 pm
Sun. Noon - 5 pm

Trails Open Daylight Hours

4105 Asbury Road
Erie, PA 16506

(814) 835-5356

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