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Nature Play Area added to Battlefield Park
SoVaNow.com / July 01, 2013Park staff and nine volunteers built a Nature Play Area at Staunton River Battlefield State Park on Saturday, June 8. The new play area at the Clover Station visitor center was created to give families a place to encourage play time and connect with nature.
What is a Nature Play? If you have ever climbed trees, rolled down hills, scrambled up rocks, made mud pies, looked for things hidden in grass, dug in sand, played in dirt, jumped in leaves, tracked animals, or had fun outside in similar ways, you have experienced natural play.
Natural Play Areas respond to recent studies that indicate children are spending less time outdoors and less time visiting parks. To bring youth back to nature, Natural Play Areas are outdoor spaces designated for play that are made of natural components such as plants, logs, sand, boulders, and trees.
These components represent the larger wild environment in a way that feels safe and manageable to young visitors to the park. It encourages confident exploration and helps children develop a lasting affinity for the natural world and of course have fun doing it! Park staff invites you to come out to the park and enjoy this new play area, and sign up for the next workday so you too can lend a hand.
Staunton River Battlefield State Park is one of 35 state parks managed by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. For park information and hours of operation you may call the park at 434-454-4312. For more information or to make reservations, you can also visit http://www.virginiastateparks.gov.
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