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Little Woods Play Area

Nature Play for Little Explorers

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.

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