Playing Outside

My oldest son took a class at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary this Fall. It is a beautiful place, and he spent six weeks catching spiders, hunting mushrooms and tracking down beavers, among other things. After class we would head to the Wildlife Sanctuary’s playground, which blended into its surroundings, as every element was made of trees and twigs. Clever activities were set up, such as a split rail fence that could be built in different configurations and a sandbox with bones and other nature-y bits buried below the surface, ready to be discovered. I found myself looking forward to the class as much as my son, just for the chance to experience a technology-free antidote to modern life, if only for a little while.