Nature’s Playground Wins at the PLA Awards
May 29, 2017
The 2017 PLA Awards was held on Wednesday 24th May.
We are pleased to announce that Nature's Playground at Adelaide Zoo picked up an award on the night.
Nature’s Playground reflects the values, aspirations and philosophies of Adelaide Zoo regarding social inclusion, education and the need to foster an understanding of the natural world in everyone.
The underlying philosophy of the project is for children of all ages, genders, cultures and abilities to learn through play and gain knowledge from nature. This pedagogic approach enables children to make decisions, take risks, develop resilience and have fun. Climbing, jumping and rope play challenges are balanced with a variety of investigative and sensory interventions, including a rock lined creek, complete with tadpoles to explore, water play spouts, a giant sand pit, musical chimes and cubby building.
The playspace is based on the planet’s major Biomes and allows the Zoo to expand teaching programmes into Nature’s Playground. These biomes provide numerous educational opportunities allowing children to learn through the natural environment. The creek represents aquatic systems focusing on water play, and the sand pit demonstrates the hot desert environments. The bamboo maze, trampolines and grass chimes recreate the Savannah and the rope climb, walkway and pods allow play in the forests of the world.
Nature’s Playground uniquely accommodates all members of the community providing an inclusive play environment and a wide variety of play base experiences and challenges that are accessible to all, regardless of ability.
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