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Outdoor Playspace

At MCNS we strongly believe in the benefits of outdoor play as an extension of the classroom. We are fortunate to have an outdoor space that allows us to grow our own vegetables, observe the changing seasons and PLAY!


Our playground was planned, designed, built, and installed by the same company that designed and built the playgrounds at Rye Nature Center, Greenburgh Nature Center and Stamford Nature Center and with the intent of using as little man-made materials as possible.


The MCNS outdoor space features many different themed areas such as a garden and earth play area, stage area, hide-out areas, natural climbing structures, a sand dig, an improved bike track with a bridge and “car wash,” nests, huts, basket swings and a water flume. This playground provides our children with infinite ways to play and discover their world using natural and safe elements such as flowers, gardens, trees, stumps, sand, rocks of all sizes, mud and a water feature. Teachers and children together care for herb, vegetable, and wildflower gardens.


Our spacious and beautiful outdoor spaces allow us to host our annual Halloween parades, end of year celebrations, classroom socials and Artistree performances.

Running! Jumping! Climbing! Swinging! 
Sliding! Laughing! Pretending! Exploring!

“Play is often talked about as if it were a serious relief from learning. But for children, play is really the work of childhood.” – Fred Rogers

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