The Ecology of Nature Play


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Help provide opportunities for children to connect with nature through free play to support their healthy development.


Discover Playcosystem

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Wild and adventurous play in nature ignites children’s imaginations

At Bernheim’s Playcosystem, a natural 17-acre playground. Playcosystem is designed in harmony with nature and provides children with endless, unstructured play opportunities that support healthy physical and mental development.

100 Hours of Play

The research is clear – more outdoor play leads to happier and healthier children! We encourage and reward outside play through the 100 Hours Playcosystem Challenge. Here’s how you can take part:

Print your coloring page or pick one up at the Bernheim Visitor Center. Color a leaf for every hour of outdoor play at Bernheim. Complete 100 hours, then collect your Play Champion patch. Register as a 100-Hour Player for more prizes. Share your journey with #100hrplaycosystemchallenge on social media!

This is not the ONLY outdoor play challenge. The idea comes from the 1000 Hours Outside challenge. Find out more about that effort here.

Printable Coloring Sheets