‘Creating Nature Play Areas in Your Yard’

Date(s) - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2016
9:15 am - 11:15 am

Audubon Center & Sanctuary


The Audubon Nature Center will present “Creating Nature Play Areas in Your Yard” from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 22 at the center,  1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, NY, and Warren, PA.

You will learn how to create natural play areas in your yard using plantings, cuttings, and on-hand materials. There are many ways to enhance the “playability” of a yard that no one but the children notices, as well as projects that can potentially be huge. Participants will discuss interesting ways to create play areas, and the group will get out pens and paper and brainstorm ways to make little or big changes in their yards.

You can learn to look at your yard from a child’s point of view. Think: landscaping meets playground. A hedge becomes a house. Gardens become jungles. Rocks become pathways to secret worlds.

Most of the workshop time will be inside, with a short walk outdoors to look at the Nature Center’s play area built in memory of Ginny Griffin.

The class will be led by Jeff Tome, senior naturalist and lead staff person on the continued development of the playscape at the nature center. He has transformed his yard, which was mostly lawn, into a series of play areas where his children love to play.

This is part of the Coffee Shop Series. The programs encourage interactive discussion around a nature-based topic or activity. Participants experience and learn together. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided.

The fee is $12 for the public or $9 for Friends of the Nature Center and children ages 9-15.

Paid reservations are required by Monday, June 20. Register online or call (716) 569-2345 during business hours to register and pay with a credit card.

The other June Coffee Shop programs are “Nature Tangles” on Tuesday, June 21, and “Easy Edibles” on Thursday, June 23. Details on those and the August Coffee Shop Series are at the Program Listing at www.jamestownaudubon.org.