What is Play Trails?

Play trails signage

  • A way for children to describe their environment in meaning and activity

  • Meaningful to both adults and children

  • A source to educate informally through a sense of wonder and fun

  • A social context that creates the framework to encourage imagination

  • A peek into the private domain of creatures in nature

  • Activities that encourage engagement, play acting, imagination

  • Reinforcement of lesson supported by educational signage

  • A BRAND NEW way to play


The need for Play Trails

Play trails pathway


  • Responds to commonly heard statement from trail owners “Trails are not used by children and families.”

  • Opens new funding streams

  • Offers increased opportunities to align with “Nature Deficit Disorder” movement.

  • Responds to renewed community development initiatives regarding trails.

  • Engages entire families in fun, exploration, and learning in the outdoors.

  • Teaches environmental awareness in a fun engaging way.

  • Can connect meaningful destinations within your community



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