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New Nature Playscape

Something brand new has materialized at Severson Dells Forest Preserve. “The Grove” is the name of the nature playscape opening in August.Local artists and sculptors are constructing the innovative space to foster creative expression and outdoor exploration. Nestled among the trees, The Grove is constructed primarily of natural materials that provide children with free play opportunities to climb, build, hide, perform and make music.What is a nature playscape? They are designed with the intent to bring children back to nature using: fallen logs, tree stumps for seating, vertical logs for forts, slides embedded in the side of hills, etc. Nature playscapes offer a wide range of open ended play options for children while remaining safe. They are a helpful tool to bridge a gap in nature exploration that is lacking in many children today.

The Grove, will officially open on Saturday, August 9th with a grand opening celebration from 9:00 until noon. Click here to see a sneak preview of The Grove under construction!