Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

Take a child out into nature, and what are they naturally drawn to play with?  It’s pretty universal… sticks and rocks.  So this is the perfect playground for a child… an area filled with sticks and rocks, inviting the child to stack, build, and create.  Imaginations went wild this day.  In additional to the simple joys of stacking and weaving, a few of the items the children created were spaceships, a computer, a police station, and a chemistry lab.

The Create with Nature Zone at Blake Garden was created by Zach Pine, an environmental artist, dedicated to “connecting people to nature and to each other.”  I love what he did here!  For anyone out there interested in children, art, and/or nature, please visit his website for more information… www.naturesculpture.com.

I wish there were more of these zones, perhaps in all communities, where children could play with natural items in a safe, inviting environment.  This one is a 45-minute drive from our home… just a bit too far for us to visit regularly.  How I’d love to have one closer!

Interested in going?  The gardens are open Monday – Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm.  Sorry… closed weekends and UC Berkeley holidays!  For location and additional information, visit the Blake Garden website…  laep.ced.berkeley.edu/blakegarden/

Other posts about our visit this day (kids also loved the bamboo tunnel!!)…

16 Comments

  1. One of the best unknown gardens in the Bay Area.

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  2. Very cool! I am definitely going to plan a trip up here. (I’m really excited about that tunnel especially.) This has been great inspiration to get my daughter doing more creating in the backyard as well. I’m thinking i might also make up a batch of homemade playdough for her to use out there as well for some sculpture creating. too bad it wouldn’t last thru a rain though…. luckily it won’t rain here for a couple more months. I’ve definitely book marked the Zach Pine site, and will keep my eye out for his upcoming events. Thanks for the resources!

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      An upcoming event that looks awesome is The Nature of Art Festival, to be held September 23rd at Redwood Regional Park. Check it out… http://www.artinnaturefestival.org/Home.html . As for a home “Create with Nature Zone”, my little one collects sticks and rocks everywhere we go. They make great backyard stacking and building materials. The sculpture idea sounds fun!

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  3. drctrycrzr says:

    Anything that get’s your children outside is a good thing. G

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  4. Alex Jones says:

    Great idea for community parks.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      I agree. And schools. School gardens are very popular now. This would be a nice extension.

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  5. Looks like so much fun. Wish we had some place like that in L.A. 🙂

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Your boys would love this! I wish we had one closer to our home. This one is a 45-minute drive…

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Yes, this is such a wonderful idea.

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  6. snowbirdpress says:

    What a great idea…

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