hello all!  After two years of whining, begging, pleading, showing pictures, sharing webinars and articles I have finally been given the go ahead to help add a more natural environment to our playground.  If given minimal amount of money, what would be the first/easiest things to get to add?  On my list are: cookie cutter slices of wood for building and stepping on,  a dirt digging area, an ivy archway (where can i get this? i've seen it but don't know where to order one), bean pole teepee, different sizes of rocks to step on and also to move around, raised beds to grow grass in and possibly flowers etc (i'm thinking of using old tires for this, could be easier than having someone have to build a frame etc...)- WHAT ELSE??  I'd love your thoughts! I do want it to 'look' nice and attractive, I've slowly been adding bits of wood and motorcycle tires, the kids love to build and move it around.  any help is greatly appreciated!

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I came across this info on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. They have a section devoted to Children in Nature, and they've developed a "Nature Play Spaces Pattern Book". This may give you some ideas. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/cin/NPS/index.asp

Congrats on finally getting your "go-ahead"!

thanks Neita!  that is a great resource!

Neita Tyler said:

I came across this info on the Maryland Department of Natural Resources website. They have a section devoted to Children in Nature, and they've developed a "Nature Play Spaces Pattern Book". This may give you some ideas. http://www.dnr.state.md.us/cin/NPS/index.asp

Congrats on finally getting your "go-ahead"!

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