Houston Arboretum and Nature Center unveils new playscape

A new a fun way for kids to learn about nature has arrived at the Houston Arboretum and Nature center

HOUSTON – The Houston Arboretum & Nature Center announced the public unveiling of its much-anticipated Nature Playscape, a beautifully designed recreational amenity for young children and adolescents to enjoy. The Nature Playscape incorporates built and natural play features such as the Lumber Yard with real fallen logs from the grounds and the Grass Climb, which allows children to step into the shoes of prairie insects. The project completes the Arboretum’s ambitious Master Plan, which focused on three key areas: Land Management and Restoration, Educational Programming, and Trail Experiences.

The Nature Playscape was generously supported by The Powell Foundation, W.T. and Louise J. Moran Foundation, and Phillips 66, with an additional in-kind contribution from ACT Pipe & Supply.

Elements of the Nature Playscape include:

  • Stump Scramble
  • Grass Climb
  • Toddler Territory with Flower Fun and Sand Box
  • Balancing Bridge
  • Lumber Yard
  • Spider Web
  • Waterways and Water Garden
  • Wetland Walk
  • Shady Grove

Even though the Nature Playscape is a fenced space, parental supervision is required at all times and guests are asked not to bring pets into the space. The Playscape is nestled into the trail system, so visitors may also see wildlife like birds, bees, lizards, and even snakes using the play features.