Explore the Outdoors with Nature Play

We are thrilled to once again offer in-person activities and learning through our Nature Play program! Join us throughout the summer to play in nature and learn about the world around us. All Nature Play programs are free, but advanced registration is required.

Outdoor Kitchen

2:00-3:30pm, June 27, 2021 • Kent Park at the Angler’s parking lot

Dirt, sand, water, bits of plants, and cooking utensils comprise the play kit for this session of Nature Play. Join us as we gather our nature supplies to use in an outdoor kitchen. Dress for mess!

Free for all attendees. Registration required!

Register: Outdoor Kitchen (June 27th)

Water Pathways

2:00-3:30pm, July 25, 2021 • Kent Park at the Angler’s parking lot

Go with the flow in this month’s Nature Play! We will be learning about waterways and how they not only carry water but provide food and drink for animals. Plus, they provide transportation routes for exploration and recreation for humans. Let’s build our own miniature waterways by experimenting with different digging tools. Dress for Mess!

Free for all attendees. Registration required!

Register: Water Pathways (July 25th)
Bonus: Explore On Your Own!

In addition to our 2021 in-person events, we also have adventure plans you can print and use any time! Download them below, then go outside and explore!

 

 

Adventure: Backyard Naturalist

Have you ever found yourself watching a bird or noticing how beautiful a flower is? This appreciation and curiosity towards nature is the first step to becoming a Backyard Naturalist. Create a journal, start your research and earn a Backyard Naturalist button during this Nature Play!

Download the Adventure Plans

Adventure: Outdoor Explorer

Are you ready for another outdoor adventure? This Nature Play introduces some very basic compass and map reading skills to help guide you along the Lake Trail Loop at Kent Park (no prior Explorer experience necessary!). Print off or pick up your Nature Play Adventure Plan, prep your supplies and head to the park. Your next adventure is waiting!

Location: Lake Trail Loop at F.W. Kent Park (2048 Hwy 6 NW Oxford, Iowa 52322)

Download the Adventure Plan

Adventure: Fall Time Follies

The weather is cooler, but it’s still a fabulous time to play outdoors! For this Nature Play, adventurers will use recycled materials and bits of nature they find on the ground to create a fall time friend. Download your map and adventure plans below. Happy exploring!

Location: Lake Trail Loop at F.W. Kent Park (2048 Hwy 6 NW Oxford, Iowa 52322)

Download Adventure Plans