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Come Explore Charlie’s Nature Play Area!

This special area is dedicated to reconnecting children and families to nature through meaningful unstructured play.

Charlie’s Nature Play space is a rich environment that will stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and creativity through multi-sensory, hands-on activities. The Zoo has partnered with Nature Explore, a national research based company, to design this natural learning center using the best educational theories and practices.

The areas featured in Charlie’s Nature Play are: SPLASH, CREATE, BUILD, INVENT, PLAY, CLIMB, DIG, IMAGINE AND GROW

​Charlie’s Nature Play opened in 2018 and has been a welcome addition to our growing campus!

“The new kids play area is awesome! My little one did not want to leave…great addition.”

“We were there yesterday and the kids LOVED it!!!”

“We went there today and had a great time! Thank you so much for building this.”

Thank you to the following donors for their support!

Charlie’s Nature Play is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat

Charlie’s Nature Play is now a Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation! Every habitat garden is a step toward replenishing resources for wildlife such as bees, butterflies, birds, and amphibians—both locally and along migratory corridors.

In light of the monarch butterfly recently being classified as endangered, we continue to plant milkweed around our campus. Monarch caterpillars feed exclusively on the leaves of milkweed, the only host plant for this iconic butterfly species. As such, milkweed is critical for the survival of monarchs.

Anyone can create a welcoming haven for local wildlife, for more information click here.

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