Nature Play Area at Boston Nature Center

Nature play area at Boston Nature Center

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 BNC's Nature Play Area

The 14,000-square-foot Nature Nook at BNC has something for everyone: gardening, building, climbing, and a shaded gathering area with benches for relaxing.

Highlights include:

  • an akambira (a giant xylophone)
  • a jungle-like tall grass and stag horn sumac maze (complete with secret passageways)
  • and a stone stream-bed where children can experiment with running water, sand, and sticks


Face the main building and turn right. Go down the hill and look for the trellis that marks the entrance.

Good to Know

The Nature Nook’s trail is all-persons-accessible and there are raised tables for digging in sand and dirt.