Spending time outdoors is good for our minds and bodies.
Sadly, children today spend less time outside than any other generation before them. We're here to change that.
Now sanctuaries across the state have ways for people to connect with nature by encouraging self-directed, informal play.
Why Nature Play Matters
There are endless benefits to playing in the outdoors. Specifically, nature play:
- Promotes a healthy, active lifestyle
- Develops imagination, creativity, & invention
- Allows a space for children to navigate risk & problem solving
- Supports inquiry-based learning through curiosity & exploration
- Provides opportunities to practice adaptability, flexibility, & resilience
And of course, when children are in nature, they find connections to the natural world. These connections are critical to creating the next generation of nature heroes!
Wildlife Sanctuaries with Nature Play Areas
Unlike static, traditional playgrounds, Nature Play Areas give children the chance to solve problems and construct their surroundings through natural elements and unstructured exploration.
Ipswich River, Topsfield
Boston Nature Center, Mattapan
Long Pasture, Barnstable
Felix Neck, Edgartown
Don't miss a beat on all the ways you can get outdoors, celebrate nature, and get involved.