Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Natural Playground

     Recently the Kerry Wood Nature Center in Red Deer built a natural playground. What's that you say? It's a playground built using natural materials that have been refined very little. The playground has been set in trees. Slices of logs have been cut and placed in the ground to act act stepping stones. The logs have been given a clear finish so that the patterns of the tree rings show well.  So kids hop from log to log as stepping stones. I good old maple tree has been laid on it's side so that kids have a good time crawling over the limbs.

     
he playground has been heavily used since it was set up. I'm amazed at how hard the kids play in this area.

    Now the other day I was hanging around waiting for the Nature Center to open so I went through the playground. I had not intended to do a blog post or I would have taken different photos.

    I hope you get the idea what a natural playground is.


The camera picked up the light in the background.

26 comments:

  1. Nothing like allowing children to climb trees, even if its a fallen one.

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    1. It certainly provides a good experience.

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  2. Excellent shots, adding a person makes all the difference.

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    1. They're dark and I figured out why. The camera is picking up the bright light in the background.

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  3. What a great idea for the natural playground for kids. They get to play in a natural setting and learn to enjoy nature even more. I wish we had more playgrounds like these.

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    1. A company is in the business of building these playgrounds.

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  4. It is nice to use the natural things wich are already available.Children can play everywhere with everything.

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    1. We had little to play with so things in our environment were used...like trees.

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  5. No selfies on top of the equipment??!! :-) I thnk we're off to the train museum today!

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    1. I had a performer with me so no selfies.

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  6. I go to a valley that one climbs a loot of trees to ascend. Makes me thing of jungle gyms , and the imaginations that they created. Hope you gave it a try.

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    1. I didn't give it a try because I was taking photos!!!

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  7. really, really like this idea!

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    1. There's a special company that makes these playgrounds.

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  8. Better than the metal playgrounds they build for kids around here.

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    1. The ground is covered with bark chips rather than sand.

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  9. That is a wonderful idea!! I love natural things!

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  10. What a neat idea. I've never heard of this before.

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    1. A company in Ontario makes them.

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  11. Wonderful idea. Probably the next best thing to climbing real trees with the added safety factor that the children can't climb too high. Parents would think that's a good thing.

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  12. That is a great idea. I hope more follow this kind of playground.

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  13. Hi Red, This is a clever way to set up a playground at an economical cost.

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  14. This is a real great playground. Some one used there smarts.

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