sprouts art and nature school

Sprouts outdoor Nature Playground has over 1700 sq ft separated into several mini-ecosystems. This set-up features seasonal discoveries all year long.

forest

The forested area, in the north section of playground, hosts understory trees, forest wildflowers, and our bird area. For the birds we have several types of houses and feeders (19), our forest plant life includes bluebells, trillium, bleeding hearts and other native forest wildflowers (20), and our balance climbing area made of tree stumps (17).  You will also find our Mud Kitchen (9) and Digging Pit (10) in the forest. 

bird houses
yard

prairie

Our tall grass prairie area, in the southern section of playground, is full of our prairie wildflowers and pollinator plants. 

also has some growing to do! Many types of grasses and full-sun wildflowers. The height of the plants in this area makes it extra special! We also have our tree-stump table and chairs (13) and play structure (12) in this area. 

Our pollinator garden (15) is the furthest along! Summer brought us over 30 species of insects, dozens of flowers, and much excitement! We have bee and butterfly houses, a bat house, and a strawberry patch (14).  The main event in this garden is counting and raising Monarch butterflies – in 2020 we raised and released over 50!

butterfly garden
  1. parking area
  2.  gated entrance to sprouts
  3. outdoor hand-washing station
  4. entrance to sprouts indoors
  5. visible compost
  6. loose parts storage
  7. bird bath & fountain
  8. cave
  9. mud kitchen
  10. digging area
  11. play structure
  12. strawberry patch
  13. pollinator garden
  14. play house
  15. magic mirror
  16. stump climbing area
  17. balance climbing area
  18. oversized bird nest
  19. bird feeders
  20. forest flower garden
  21. playground path
  22.  urban butterfly initiative garden
  23.  boardwalk
  24. vegetable garden boxes
  25. water table
  26. rock table
  27. stick pile