Shaw Nature Reserve's Nature Explore Classroom opened in 2008. This engaging outdoor creative area is the product of a collaborative effort with the National Arbor Day Foundation and Dimensions Educational Research Foundation. Developed as a response to the growing disconnect between children and nature, Nature Explore Classrooms feature outdoor “rooms” where young children can manipulate natural materials in creative and unstructured play. Our rooms include:
The Shaw Nature Reserve opened its Sense of Wonder Woodland in April 2015. The children-friendly features in the Sense Of Wonder Woodland were constructed from natural and/or repurposed materials. Areas include:
Note: adventuresome children often get wet—and perhaps a little muddy—so you might want to bring some extra clothes!
This engaging outdoor creative area is made possible through a gift from the Ott family in memory of Mary Ott.