The Nature Play Area at Anderson Park is comprised of six different “pods” all inspired by nature and designed to ignite an enthusiasm for the natural world. Half of the pods are completed: the log area, pollinator garden and bird habitat. The other three are still under construction: the mountain area, history area and meadow. The Nature Play Area, partially funded by a grant from the National Wildlife Federations, is a collaborative project led by the City with involvement from the Institute for Environmental Solutions (IES), Wilmore-Davis and Kullerstand Elementary Schools, the College Learning Experience, and an Eagle Scout.
Last year, Wilmore-Davis Elementary students participated in a project-based learning curriculum which involved kick-off meetings, site visits, design research and design presentations. Their pod designs are now coming to life as construction continues at the park. Thank you Wilmore-Davis Elementary students for your contributions and inspiring visions!
Student volunteers from the College Learning Experience assisted Parks, Forestry & Open Space staff with the installation of some of the pods earlier this year. Thank you CLE students!
Volunteers from the Institute for Environmental Soluctions (IES) helped with on-site maintenance throughout the year. Thank you IES volunteers!
Dilan Ruiz and Boy Scout Troop 514 built and installed a beautiful new kiosk at the Nature Play Area in Anderson Park for Dilan's Eagle Scout project. The kiosk will be used to inform visitors about developments and uses of the play pods in the nature play area. Thank you, Dilan!