Last August, Wheat Ridge Parks, Forestry & Open Space staff began collaborating with Wilmore-Davis Elementary students to design three pods for the nature play area to be incorporated on the east side of Anderson Park.
Three groups of students were formed and each group got to choose the pod they wanted to design. Kindergarten and 1st grade students chose a bird habitat, 2nd and 3rd grade students chose a natural and human history pod, and 4th and 5th grade students chose a labyrinth. Students completed kickoff meetings and site visits; after which the primary pathway to the play area was installed. Students were excited to see footprints from children, deer, raccoons, and squirrels in the pathway matrix, indicating that the nature play area already has visitors.
This past semester, 4th & 5th grade students received a special visit from Derek Brandt with the National Wildlife Federation, who talked with them about labyrinth design and construction. His suggestions gave students additional inspiration for their designs which they finalized and developed presentations for at the end of the semester.
Students will present their designs to Parks & Recreation staff and the National Wildlife Federation this month. Construction of the nature play area pods will begin in April. Stay tuned for more updates.
We welcome other school or volunteer groups to get involved in this project! There are still several other pods and small projects to be incorporated; if your group would like to participate in the construction of the nature play area at Anderson Park, please contact Susan Bennett at email@example.com