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Nature Playscapes!

NEW for summer 2021!!!!  Here is a PDF you can print off and make your own rating system!  Give each park between 1-5 MUDSPLATS!

What is a Nature Playscape?  Unlike traditional playgrounds made of plastic and metal, nature playscapes use natural materials like streams, plants, boulders, logs, earth mounds and the like to provide a highly creative, interactive play experience – an experience designed to build healthier bodies and minds and grow a future generation of nature lovers. Thank you to the Wilderness Center in Wilmot, Ohio for this great definition! 

I developed this list of Nature Playscapes in collaboration with Miami Valley Leave No Child Inside. My original list is for the Dayton area.  What are the best Nature Playscapes in your part of Ohio?  Email me at and I'll add new regions!

Bill Yeck Park-2230 E. Centerville Station Rd.

Cox Arboretum-6733 Springboro Pike, Dayton, OH 45449


Englewood Metropark-East Park entrance 4361 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377


Hills and Dales Metropark-Playground & Nature Play area-2606 Hilton Dr., Kettering, OH 45409


Kennard Nature Nook-6588 McEwen Road, Centerville, OH 45459


Learning Tree Farm-3376 S Union Rd, Dayton, OH 45417


Lost Creek Reserve-2385 OH-41, TROY, OH 45373


Possum Creek Metropark-4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45417


Russ Nature Reserve-2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek, OH 45431


Sugarcreek Metropark-4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305


Wegerzyn Garden Metropark-1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414


Warren County Armco Park-1223 N. State Rt. 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036

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