Patuxent River Park Nature Exploration Area

Located in the Jug Bay Natural Area, across the road from the Columbia Air Center Memorial, and tucked just inside the woodland’s edge is where guests of multiple ages can find ways to immerse themselves in natural exploration. The space includes a giant rope spider web to climb on, a wooden tree house, a canoe sandbox (with a stone “river”), tree stump jump, loose parts area,a bamboo shoot sound spindle, and many other evolving features. We even have Eagle-Scout made Leopold benches for sitting, observing, listening, etc. The Nature Exploration Area shares the same operating hours as the park (dawn to dusk). Call 301-627-6074 for more information.

Nature Exploration Space Entrance
Nature Exploration Space Entrance

Canoe is a sandbox
Canoe Sandbox

Wooden Tree House
Wooden Tree House

Tree Stump Jump - Invitation to Explore
Tree Stump Jump and an Invitation to Explore