Little Woods Play Area


Nature Play for Little Explorers

Built as a safe place for young children to explore, and also as a community model to encourage more outdoor play, the Little Woods is designed to foster creativity, encourage exploration, and begin a lifelong connection to natural places. The Little Woods is open to the public from dawn to dusk and is intended for use by toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary school aged children, who are supervised by an adult.

The Little Woods offers young children a place to explore nature the way children are supposed to — by digging in the dirt, exploring a wooded tunnel, balancing on logs, and searching for bugs. Your child’s imagination is the limit for the number of ways to play in the Little Woods. Visit our list of 60 things to do in the Little Woods to help your child play in this area.

Research shows that frequent unstructured play in nature at an early age:

  • Improves concentration, creativity, and imagination
  • Reduces stress and improves risk management skills
  • Lessens the symptoms of attention deficit disorders
  • Improves the immune system through exposure, especially to potential allergens
  • Has a strong influence on the development of life-long conservation values

These are just a few of the many benefits that children receive from playing outdoors. In a world where it’s hard to get children “unplugged” from television, computers, phones and other electronic devices, a little bit of time spent in the Little Woods can do a lot of good!