The Bender Early Childhood Center Preschool, located at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville has a newly designed and established nature play area. The space is organized around a circular path connecting a variety of elements to support children and adults spending time in the out-of-doors.
There are large and small gathering spaces, places for outdoor building and creating, and spots for imaginary play, as well as a variety of adventurous active play opportunities. A sculptural fallen tree provides a place for natural climbing. A hand pump is the source of a cascading dry stream/waterfall. The space serves the pre-school students and families a critical opportunity for daily interaction with nature.
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