Nature Play Area

At its very best, nature play isn’t scheduled, planned, or led by adults, nor is it confined by grown-ups’ rules.  Instead, it’s open-ended, free-time exploration and recreation, without close adult supervision. Plans are underway to develop and construct a Nature Play Area at Tettegouche State Park. Our goal is to provide several areas within the nature play area that actively engages kids with nature and its elements, provides opportunities for physical activity, social and imaginary play. Learn more about Nature Play…

As you’ll see from our current plan, the construction is divided into 3 phases.  This fall we hope to begin our first phase that includes construction of areas C and D, as well as bringing the current path up to ADA standards.  Feel free to contact us at info@friendsoftettegouche.org if you have any questions about the project.

We would love your help!  Fill out the form at the bottom of the page if you’re interested in helping us construct phase 1 in October 2021.

Goals & Objectives

Create a nature play area where children of all ages, abilities and backgrounds play and learn by engaging with and manipulating natural elements, materials, and habitats.

    • Include a variety of components to appeal to children ages 2-12
    • Incorporate play structures that are engaging and encourage creative play. exploration and self-interpretation
    • Integrate the play area into the natural aesthetic of the park

Expand on the existing paths to connect natural play components, such as the stream, stick building areas and climbing obstacles.

Incorporate inherent environmental education and conservation themes into the natural play experience.

Implement new signage that indicates trail/component usage and entrance locations.

Entrance signage may include rules for maintaining safety and encouraging acceptable impact on natural resources.

Explore the Nature Play Area Elements

Below you can explore the elements we plan to provide.  The letters above the photo gallery will allow you to filter the images by the area defined on the map.  For example, clicking on “A” will show you images/info for area A – Cedar Grove. Hover over the image for a brief description. Click on the magnifying glass to enlarge the image.

Would you like to help us construct the Nature Play Area?

Our tentative schedule for construction is late September – October 2021.
If you would like to help us in the construction of the nature play area, please sign up here.