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. The Outdoor Natural Play Area allows children to practice the most important parts of growth and play: nature, healthy risk, fantasy, and freedom. The benefits of outdoor play include critical thinking, imagination, independence, and problem solving. Benches are available for parents while children craft their own activities using natural materials.
Nature Room and Outdoor Natural Play Area Open Hours
We invite you and your family to come check out all the Outdoor Natural Play Area has to offer. The outside space features a sensory garden and natural elements for play, designed to engage children with nature. Our Naturalist staff will be on hand to answer your nature questions and help you make a craft. Best of all - IT'S FREE!! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Families will have the opportunity to explore the Nature Room indoors as well. Scheduled Open Hours:
Hello fellow nature lovers! Please allow me to introduce myself…my name is Lauren Azoury and I am the part-time Naturalist for West Bloomfield Parks.
I am fortunate to be a part of the WB Parks team and enjoy teaching new and innovative nature interpretive programs to West Bloomfield residents. I especially love being able to provide first time nature experiences for adults, children and families. Through a partnership with Civic Center TV, we have a series of short videos titled "Minute with Nature" that help families learn more about nature. Check them out on our YouTube page here!
I’ve always been passionate about the importance of getting people outdoors and prior to my time here at WB Parks I facilitated nature education programs at Oakland County Parks from 2007 to 2013. 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 and Wildlife comes from Michigan State University. Go Green!
I love sharing my passion for the outdoors with others, including my own family (my husband and our 3 year old son). Please take a look at our Seasonal Activity Guide 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 Room too! There are lots of options for nature appointments.