The Nature Institute will open a new, enhanced play area later this summer featuring a recycled lumber beehive, a groundhog burrow, a mud kitchen, an art center and a geology walk. Existing features, including the fossil dig and eagle's nest, will also be updated.
Play area updates were made possible by a private donation and are tentatively scheduled to be complete by July 1.The updated play area uses recycled and natural materials and was designed with education and sustainability in mind. Institute officials hope visitors will be inspired to incorporate natural elements into their own backyard play areas.
"We saw a need for a new type of educational experience with an eco-friendly element," said education director Patricia Brown.
The Nature Institute is a non-profit located on a 294-acre nature preserve. Visitors of all ages can learn about nature and the environment through hiking, camps and educational programs.
The Nature Institute is located at 2213 S. Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL, 62035. For more information call 618-466-9930.