Crow’s Nest: Parents’ benches in play area

February 9, 2015

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager


On a couple of the worst weather days this winter Aubrey and Cody built several more Leopold benches for the Crow’s Nest Preserve. The latest ones are strategically placed for the comfort of parents or nature club counselors who are supervising unstructured play time in the woods.

I still remember my childhood friend’s dad who took us to a park where we re-routed the stream and climbed trees while he read the newspaper with one eye on us. We took it for granted at the time, but he really knew what he was doing.

I’d like to revisit that park today. I’ll bet it’s tiny compared to my memory of it. It doesn’t take much physical space to let a kid roam, just a little patch of nature and the space that is created by giving permission to play.