Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is home to two nature play areas located by the Marion Andrus Learning Center.

Green Play Yard was established in 2012 and is designed specifically for ages 5 and under. The goal of Green Play Yard is to demonstrate ways to provide nature play and exploration in childcares, preschools, and family backyards.

Under the Oak was installed in 2006 as a free play area for all ages. In 2011, more features and structures became available.

Elements/Features: Green Play Yard

  • Loose Materials for Building

  • Climbing Area

  • Digging Area

  • Artificial Water Areas

  • Open Field

  • Smell Garden

  • Edible Garden

  • Wildlife Habitats

  • Built Interactive Structures (i.e. willow dome)

  • Sit Spots- Quiet Areas

  • Naturalist-led programs

  • Interpretive Signage

Installation Details: Green Play Yard

  • Cost: $180,000

  • Designer: Robin Moore & Jesse Turner, Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University

  • Installed by: Pete Boyer Construction & Arboretum Staff

  • General contact for questions: arbedu@umn.edu, 612-301-1210