Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission: $14 Adult | $8 Child

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Family Nature Club


We are currently in the process of planning another exciting year of Family Nature Club. Please check back soon for 2019 activities!

Nature Play Philosophy:

  • Child-lead, unstructured play in nature.
  • Open-ended, free exploration without many adult restraints and rules. 
  • Hands-on, imaginative sensory experiences outside.

What Nature Play Might Look Like:

  • Building tree houses and forts in the woods 
  • Catching frogs and splashing in creeks
  • Daydreaming and watching clouds in a field      
  • Searching for creatures under a rock or log
  • Sorting pinecones, leaves, and sticks
  • Or simply running around outside!

The Importance of Nature Play for Children:

  • Supports child development (intellectual, emotional, social, physical, spiritual)
  • Encourages creativity and problem solving.
  • Enhances cognitive ability.
  • Increases physical activity.
  • Fosters an appreciation for nature and the desire to preserve it.

About Family Nature Club:

Family Nature Club is dedicated to re-connecting families with the outdoors. Research shows that children’s lives are greatly enhanced when provided many diverse opportunities to play outside in nature. These kids are happier, healthier, more self-confident and creative. In addition, Nature Club encourages families to spend quality time together and helps strengthen family bonds.

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