Nature Play Area at Arcadia

Stump jump at the Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary nature play area

What is a Nature Play Area?

Nature play areas add more ways for people to connect with nature by encouraging self-directed, informal play.

Unlike static, traditional playgrounds, nature play areas give children the chance to solve problems and construct their surroundings through natural elements and unstructured exploration.

Explore Arcadia's Nature Play Area

Find everything needed to build fairy homes; add to, or play in, a teepee made of black locust and grapevine branches; master the stump jump; and let your seafaring fantasies unfold in a grounded sunken rowboat.

Picnic tables near the shade of large staghorn sumacs are great for snack time and watching the fun unfold.


At the edge of the field by the parking lot, facing away from the Nature Center—look for the "Nature Play Area" sign.