Nature Play at North RIver

Nature Play area at North River © Rosemary Mosco, Mass Audubon

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 North River's Nature Play Area

Hone coordination skills at North River’s nature play area. Zig zag along a series of stumps, all of which came from downed trees on the property or climb a fallen log. There is also a stone path leading through the garden.


The stump jump sits directly in the front of the Nature Center, while the fallen log is at the entrance to the Woodland Trail.

Good to know

Bring lunch or snacks. A picnic table at the edge of the play area is ADA-compliant.