Nature Play Resources

 

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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! (Note: permission secured 12-4-2020)

 

Directory of Nature Playscapes in the Miami Valley

Below is a list of nature playscapes or nature play spots in the area. How many can you visit?
Download our checklist here! 

Englewood MetroPark: Vandalia, OH 

Address/Location: 4361 W. National Rd., Vandalia, OH 45377 East Park Entrance, Near Patty Shelter 

Agency: Five Rivers Metroparks 

Hours: Apr. 1-Oct. 31, 8 AM-10 PM; Nov. 1-Mar. 31, 8 AM-8 PM. Closed Christmas and New Years Day.

Amenities Nearby: Paved Path, Reservable Shelter, Nearby Parking, Shade, Pit Toilets, Hiking Trails 

Englewood MetroPark Website      Park Map     Park Brochure 

Description/Features: Free Access. 


Forest Field Park: Centerville, OH 

Address/Location: 2100 E. Centerville Station Rd. Along the Purple Trail

Agency: Centerville Washington Park District

Hours:  Sunrise to Sunset 

Amenities Nearby: Trash/Recycling Cans, Paved Path, Restrooms/Water Fountain (open April-October with a portable restroom in the off-season), Reservable Shelter, Parking, Benches, Traditional Playground, Walking and Hiking Trails, Tennis Courts, Little Free Library

Forest Field Park Website     Bill Yeck/Forest Field Park Brochure        

Description/Features: Free Access. Herb Garden boxes, Log Cabin, Obstacle Course, Willow Tunnel 

Hills and Dales MetroPark: Kettering, OH 

Address/Location: 2606 Hilton Dr., Kettering, OH 45409 Near White Oak Camp

Agency: Five Rivers MetroParks

Hours: Apr. 1-Oct. 31, 8 AM-10 PM; Nov. 1-Mar. 31, 8 AM-8 PM Closed Christmas and New Years Day.

Amenities Nearby: Restrooms, Reservable Shelter, Parking, Benches, Traditional Playground, Hiking Trails 

Hills and Dales Park Website     Park Brochure/Map

Description/Features: Free Access. 

Mark Kreusch Nature Playce: Grant Park, Centerville, OH 

Address/Location: 6588 McEwen Road, Centerville, OH 45459 Behind the Kennard Nature Nook Building 

Agency: Centerville Washington Park District 

Hours: Sunrise to Sunset 

Amenities Nearby: Trash/Recycling Cans, Restrooms (access on Deck of Kennard Nature Nook), Benches, Hiking Trails 

Grant Park Website     Mark Kreusch Nature Playce Webpage    Grant Park Map     

Features/Description: Free Access. Sandpit, Checker Board, Balance Beams, Fort Building, Log Cabin, Tunnel 

 

Learning Tree Farm: Dayton OH 

Address/Location: 3376 S Union Rd, Dayton, OH 45417 

Agency: Learning Tree Farm 

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm; Sunday 12:30 pm -4:00 pm 

Amenities Nearby: Trash must be carried out, Working Farm with live animals, Garden, Hiking Trails, Historic House 

Learning Tree Farm Website      

Features/Description: Admission $5 individual/$ 20.00 per Family. 

 

Lost Creek Reserve: Troy, OH 

Address/Location: 2385 OH-41, Troy, OH 45373 

Agency: Miami County Park District 

Hours: 8:00 am-Sunset 

Amenities Nearby: Hiking Trails, Working Farm, Historic Buildings and Barns, Parking Lot, Park Admin Office 

Lost Creek Reserve Website     Park Map/Brochure 

Features/Description: Free Access. 

 

Possum Creek MetroPark: Dayton, OH 

Address/Location: 4790 Frytown Rd., Dayton, OH 45417 At Possum Creek Farm next to the Education Building 

Agency: Five Rivers MetroParks 

Hours: Apr. 1-Oct. 31, 8 AM-10 PM; Nov. 1-Mar. 31, 8 AM-8 PM Closed Christmas and New Years Day. 

Amenities Nearby: Flush Restrooms, Drinking Fountain, Parking Lot, Live Farm Animals, Education Center 

Possum Creek MetroPark Webpage     Park Map/Brochure 

Features/Description: Free Access. 

 

Russ Nature Reserve: Beavercreek, OH 

Address/Location: 2380 Kemp Road, Beavercreek, OH 45431 

Agency: Greene County Park and Trails 

Hours: Dawn to Dusk 

Amenities Nearby: Trash Cans, Flush Restrooms, Drinking Fountain (Seasonal), Parking Lot, Hiking Trails, Apiary, Garden, Bird Blind, Crushed Limestone path leading up to playscape,

Russ Creek Reserve Webpage 

Features/Description: Free Access. Spider Web, Sand Pit, Log Obstacle Course, Log Cabin

 

Sugarcreek MetroPark: Bellbrook, OH 

Address/Location: 4178 Conference Rd., Bellbrook, OH 45305 Conference Rd. Entrance down a paved path

Agency: Five Rivers MetroParks

Hours: Apr. 1-Oct. 31, 8 AM-10 PM; Nov. 1-Mar. 31, 8 AM-8 PM Closed Christmas and New Years Day. 

Amenities Nearby: Trash Cans, Paved Path, Pit Toilet, Drinking Fountain, Reservable Shelter, Hiking Trails 

Sugarcreek MetroPark Website     Sugarcreek Map/Brochure 

Description/Features: Free Access. 

Children’s Discovery Garden: Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark, Dayton, OH

Address/Location: 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton, OH 45414 

Agency: Five Rivers MetroParks 

Hours: March 1- March 31: 10 AM – 8 PM; April 1 – Oct. 31:10 AM – 10 PM; Nov. 1 – Dec. 31: 10 AM – 8 PM: Check Website for water play area closures

Amenities: Trash/Recycling, Reservable Shelter, Paved Path, Flush Restrooms, Walking Paths, Formal Gardens, Water Play Area 

Wegerzyn Gardens MetroPark Website     Wegerzyn Gardens Map/Brochure 

Description/Features: Free Access. A mixture of conventional and nature play elements. Water Playspace, Sensory garden, Playhouse, Pond 

 

 

Armco Park, Lebanon OH

Address/Location: 1223 N. State Rt. 741, Lebanon, Ohio 45036 

Agency: Warren County Park District 

Hours: APR 1 – AUG 3, 17:00 AM – Dusk – (Time Varies – please check posted time at the park entrance); SEPT 1 – MAR 3, 18:00 AM – Dusk – (Time Varies – please check posted time at the park entrance)

Amenities: 

Armco Park Webpage     Armco Park Map

Description/Features: Free Access. 

 

 

Do you have a Playscape with public access in the Miami Valley? We would love to include it in our list. See below for contact information. 

The MVLNCI collaborative engages and empowers our community to make time and create access for outdoor exploration, play, and learning.

Contact us at miamivalleylnci@gmail.com

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