Outdoor Natural Play Area Come out and play in the dirt, create a masterpiece with sticks, hop on log stepping stones, dig in the garden bin, hunt for bugs and have some fun! The area is sensory-rich and a treasure trove of experiential learning, imagination and wonder.
The space features natural elements for play, intentionally designed to engage children with nature. We use the area for various nature programs and it is also be open for public use during select hours.
Research has found that frequent, unstructured play in natural environments is a strong positive influence on the developmental needs of young children. Benches are available for parents while children craft their own activities using natural materials.
Scheduled Open Hours:
January 17, 3-6 pm
February 3, 1-4 pm
February 18, 1-4 pm
March 3, 1-4 pm
March 21, 3-6 pm
April 7, 1-4 pm
April 18, 3-6 pm
April 21, 3-6 pm
Meet Our Naturalist
Hello fellow nature lovers! Please allow me to introduce myself…my name is Lauren Azoury and I am the Naturalist for West Bloomfield Parks. I have been teaching nature education programs at Oakland County Parks since 2007. Prior to that I had an amazing experience as a team member of the animal presenter team at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. My Bachelors of Science degree in Fisheries & Wildlife comes from Michigan State University. (Go Green!)
I am excited to be a part of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation team and am looking forward to teaching new and innovative nature interpretive programs. I love sharing my passion for the outdoors with others. Please take a look at the Nature Interpretive section on the online registration page to see some of the programs I am teaching this year. I would love for you and your group to come visit me at the Nature Center too! There are lots of options for nature appointments.
Yours in Nature, Lauren Azoury
“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” -Rumi