Wildlife Nature Play Group
It’s time to get out in nature and play WILD with us! At Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy we love to get outside to explore wildlife and nature and know the youngsters do too. Bring the kids and join us for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun at our nature play group! The group will meet on the first and third Thursdays of the month, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Gatehouse at Morven Park.
For any questions about this program, email Elena Karakozoff at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Nature Play? Who is the program intended for?
Nature play is essential in a child’s development. From fine and gross motor skills, to artistic expression and critical thinking, the natural environment offers a world of invaluable experiences. Research shows that outdoor time supports healthy brain and sensory development, social skills and can also boost confidence. Click here to learn more about the latest studies on outdoor play.
This program is designed for families with children from birth to 12 years of age. In addition to providing an outlet of exploration for the children, the group also provides a support community for the adults. Adults with infants are welcome to participate as we build a strong community of passionate environmental stewards.
What can I expect from this play group?
- Families will gather outdoors at the Gatehouse and spend time playing in the field, creek and trees. An LWC “Playmaker” volunteer will be present to welcome everyone and ensure all participants have signed in and are familiar with the space and program.
- “Loose parts” materials will be available for play as well as an “Investigation Station” equipped with reference material and measurement tools
- Families are encouraged to bring their own water, snacks and lunch as well as any other outdoor gear (sunscreen, bug spray, picnic blankets, towels, etc)
- Guests may enter the Gatehouse to use the restroom, visit the indoors discovery room or browse sale items.
Why a Nature Play group for LWC?
At LWC we all have those warm, fuzzy memories of being a kid and running free in nature. For some it was collecting insects in a homemade bug hut or planting butterfly plants to welcome winged friends to our yard; for others the memories may simply be wandering around the creek bed looking for special rocks or making mud pies with stick candles. Experiencing nature on their own terms allows children to create meaningful relationships to the environment, one that will hopefully last a lifetime.
Additional Questions / Concerns
- Rain or Shine Policy: The program will plan to meet rain, snow, heat, shine unless the lead volunteer scheduled for the date determines that conditions are too hazardous for safe play. In the event of this cancellation, participants will be contacted via email
- Volunteers are trained in first aid and CPR. A first aid kit will be available in an accessible area.