The “Nature Nook” is a delightful natural play space on the grounds of the Boston Nature Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the Mattapan neighborhood of the city. In about eight years since the playground’s construction, the vegetation has grown nicely to form a cozy play space consisting of several “rooms” of activity areas. The playground includes all the important elements of nature-based play: water, sand/dirt, wood, plants, rocks, and hills. Additional features include a stage with seating, planters for gardening, music and art spaces, a building construction area, a gathering (seating) space, and a boardwalk.
Pergola with vines at the playground entrance
Water pump and stone stream bed, with adjacent sand play area
Musical play, grass hill, and stage with seating
Building construction area, including a permanent wooden frame that children can lean sticks against to form forts and other structures
Bridge over the stream bed; near the sand play, dirt play, gardening, and art areas
Photos by Alice Webb
Project Design by StudioMLA Architects, Brookline, MA