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!!)…