enchanted nature trail
Children love opportunities to explore, imagine, and learn in the natural environment. The Enchanted Nature Trail is a place where children can disappear in pursuit of insects, or leaves, or stories. They can test their limits, and rediscover nature as it changes in the seasons, or after storms, or at different times of day. The design used interactive elements: an ancient tree ring with a timeline of historical events over the life of the tree, a story circle of stumps that also doubles as a ring of stepping stones, a tunnel covered in vines through which children enter the woodland, whimsical trail signage that points the way to beloved fictional places, a “faerie house” for teachers to store classroom materials, books, and art supplies, sign markers for animals that might be encountered in this habitat.