Create With Nature Zone, Blake Garden, Kensington

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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. 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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