Natural Playscape at Chattanooga Preschool Transforms Outdoor Playtime

Highland Plaza United Methodist Preschool in Hixson, Tenn., is changing the way their students spend time outdoors. The preschool has converted a traditional playground and land surrounding their school into a wooded wonderland, an enchanting natural playscape that encourages children to wonder and explore outside.

Vicky Flessner, the preschool’s director of 21 years, and her staff, with the assistance of parent volunteers, have worked for four years to raise funds, map out and design natural and artistic play areas within the school’s five acres.

Rusty Keeler’s book "Natural Playscapes" provided inspiration for the school’s innovative efforts, according to Flessner.

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