Locust Grove Nature Exploration Center - Nature Play Space

The Locust Grove Nature Exploration Area is adjacent to the Locust Grove Nature Center in Bethesda, MD. The space is designed to let children engage in free exploration with nature's loose parts. There is a sand pit for digging, logs and blocks for building, tubes for musical exploration, and a pile of pinecones to bring out the inner artist. Carved wooden bears and a snake encourage climbing, and a footbridge crossing an imaginary stream encourages imagination. At this site, children can freely play while parents and adults can take in the sights and sounds from a tree trunk chair.

Child-size tree stump seating area
Tree Stump Seating


Tree carvings from downed trees
Tree Carvings


Stage area
Stage Area

Musicall movement area
Musical Movement


Loose parts - checkout baskets
Loose Parts


Water features
Water Features

Also, feature not pictured includes:

  • Stream Crossing Bridge

Our Partners

  • Montgomery County Parks
  • Montgomery County Parks Volunteers