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choose a natural, imaginative one kids love instead!

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Common questions

Outdoor education

A child's perspective

Natural play articles

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Natural play research

News & Articles

Outdoor Breaks Improve Grades!

Natural Playgrounds Maintenance

Music in Learning

Gardening is Good!

Encouraging Safe Risk

Physical Fitness Linked to Brain Fitness

THE UNSAFE CHILD: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

Questions about the minimum outdoor square footage requirements for each child at a childcare center.

Natural Playground coming to Grant Elementary School

Nothing Lasts Forever,
except natural playgrounds!

Webster Groves is home to Missouri's first "Natural Playground"

New Study Proves Natural Playgrounds Beneficial and Inspirational!

A Natural Playground Makes A Difference!

Natural playgrounds are best choice in tight economy

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with your questions,
or to ask about
our services.

Please include the name
of school, center, or park,
and your city.

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Time and again kids tell us that equipment is boring and that they want to play outdoors like we did.

On mountains, slides, rock climbs, gardens, sand pits, orchards, climbing walls, streams, caves, labyrinths, and other natural features that help children discover and learn about nature while they play.


  • Natural Playgrounds: Innovative, sustainable, equipment-free.
  • Completely safe and meet all ASTM, CPSC, and licensing guidelines
  • Beautiful, intriguing, cost-effective, philosophically appropriate
  • Discovery oriented, & preferred by children and parents
  • Great outdoor classrooms, & easily built in phases
  • Sizes range from 300 sqft. to several acres, urban or rural
  • Designed and built by us, based on our 22 years of experience

For 22 years we've been the leading experts in designing and building this country's most beautiful, intriguing, cost-effective, and philosophically appropriate Natural Playgrounds for K-12 schools, Montessori schools, Head Start programs, childcare centers, and communities.

If you've ever climbed trees, made forts, climbed rocks, made mud pies, dammed up water, dug in sand, jumped in leaves, or had fun outside in other, similar ways, you've experienced natural play.

All 6,000 children we've interviewed want these very same, natural play opportunities. Offer them a choice, and every time they'll choose Natural Playgrounds over equipment playgrounds (see "a child's perspective").

This is very interesting, because the research says: Natural Play contributes to the overall physical, cognitive, and emotional development of children, helps them score higher on tests for concentration and self-discipline, helps them experience more diverse play, and helps them exhibit less aggressive behavior, strive toward advanced motor fitness, and become healthier.

So -- children actually prefer playing in environments that improve their overall well-being, intelligence, and safety!

Natural Playgrounds offer financial benefits, as well. They're less expensive than equipment, they aren't replaced when safety regulations change, they lower playground injuries (which cost the US over $13 billion every year), they offer higher play value at lower cost, they're part of the greening movement that reduces costly environmental impacts while improving wildlife habitats and beautifying surroundings, and because they use indigenous plants and local materials, they have a very low carbon footprint!

And --- they're perfect outdoor classrooms!

No wonder there's a worldwide movement to "leave no child inside."
At The Natural Playgrounds Company®, our mission is to ensure that children have wonderful places to go outside where they can both play and learn.

But it all starts with you taking a deep breath and deciding that it's time to make a change, and then calling us on our toll-free line 888-290-8405, or e-mailing us using the form to the left.

If you want to create a natural playground and learning environment that

  • meets all safety and licensing standards
  • is developmentally appropriate, cognitively challenging, physically demanding, and fully curriculum integrated
  • optimizes the use of every square inch of your outdoor space while being 100% ADA compliant
  • is designed and built to reduce anxiety, create delightful interchanges, form lasting memories, and improve overall well-being
  • is less costly than traditional, manufactured, equipment playgrounds
  • And that is beautiful, indigenous, sustainable, wildlife attractive, green, and environmentally friendly with a very low carbon footprint…
Then contact us!

We're the experts and we're here to help.

We'd love to work with you on yours.

Please contact The Natural Playgrounds Company® to discuss your thoughts and plans. We welcome your inquiries and will get back in touch with you promptly.
Thank you for spending some time with us today.

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