7 nature play spaces in the Baltimore/Annapolis area

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Nature play space Brookside 2 WBrookside Gardens

The Brookside Gardens Nature Exploration area includes a digging area, life-sized birds' nest, log-rolling game, musical feature, stump jump and a bird blind. Kids can climb through a hollowed-out log, sit in the kid-sized log furniture or explore the fairy garden. Bridges and paths connect the area to a larger meadow and wooded area, while adjacent Brookside Gardens has three ponds with waterfalls, paved garden paths and abundant wildlife.
1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton
Admission: Free
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m.
301-962-1480, montgomeryparks.org/nature_centers/brookside/index.shtm

Constitution Gardens

Constitution Gardens is a brand-new nature play space in the heart of Gaithersburg. The ADA-accessible space has digging areas, a sliding hill and a stump scramble. Kids will love “Log Town,” a preschool space with log animals, log cabins, a sand pit and push pump log flume. The “lost library” area incorporates a lending library, a log circle and a giant log storyteller's chair.
112 Brookes Ave., Gaithersburg
Admission: Free
Hours: Daily, dawn until dusk
301-258-6350, gaithersburgmd.gov/leisure/parks-and-fields/constitution-gardens-park

Rocks State ParkNature play space Rocks1 W

The nature exploration area of Rocks State park is right near the park’s famed “King and Queen” seats, a rock outcrop believed to be a ceremonial gathering place for Susquehannock Indians. The play space includes a miniature rock-climbing area called the “Prince and Princess Seat” for climbing and jumping on a kid-sized scale. Kids can explore hollowed out logs, a digging area, stump jump and a life-sized birds nest. For more activity, hike along the trail and enjoy stunning views of the rolling hills and surrounding farmland.
3318 Rocks Chrome Hill Road, Jarrettsville
Admission: Weekdays, $2 per in-state vehicle; weekends, $3 for state residents.
Hours: March-October, 9 a.m.-sunset; November-February, 10 a.m.-sunset
410-557-7994, dnr2.maryland.gov/publiclands/Pages/central/rocks.aspx

For a complete list of nature play spaces in Maryland, visit the Department of Natural Resources page at dnr2.maryland.gov/cin/Pages/NPS/index.aspx
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By Katie Riley


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