At MCNS we strongly believe in the benefits of outdoor play and using the outdoor space 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 really hard! We feel that our playground can be improved to allow our children to experience more nature and use their imaginations in a big way.
Our goal recently has been to completely renovate MCNS’s outdoor space to create a brand new multi-functional outdoor learning and play space – a natural playground that incorporates other nature-based elements to create an outdoor hands-on learning and play environment. The natural play-scape (or natural playground) is defined as a space with as little man made components as possible. Play-scapes are designed with the intent of bringing children and people back to nature.
Our new play-scape was planned, designed, built, and installed by Environment Design, which designed and built the playgrounds at Rye Nature Center, Greenburgh Nature Center and Stamford Nature Center. You can see many similarities between those playgrounds and ours.
The new 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 new 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.
Running! Jumping! Climbing! Swinging!
Sliding! Lauging! Pretending! Exploring!
Click below to view the design of the new MCNS natural playground!