Nature Play Areas

Nature play area at Boston Nature Center

While many visitors seek out Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries as places for quiet nature observation and active learning through education programs, we’ve recently added 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. Check out nature play elements at these sanctuaries.


Pleasant Valley, Lenox

Cape Cod & the Islands

Felix Neck, Edgartown
Long Pasture, Barnstable

Central Massachusetts

Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
Wachusett Meadow, Princeton

Connecticut River Valley

Arcadia, Easthampton & Northampton

Greater Boston

Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Broadmoor, Natick
Drumlin Farm, Lincoln
Moose Hill, Sharon
Museum of American Bird Art, Canton

North of Boston

Ipswich River, Topsfield
Joppa Flats, Newburyport

South of Boston

North River, Marshfield
Oak Knoll, Attleboro