nature playground

Sprouts Art & Nature School  aims to provide the imaginative art and nature play that has been removed from most academic programming and urban areas.  Learn more about our mission…

Caity & Ellen have designed the Sprouts Nature Playground with children ages 2 years – 10 years in mind. They will transform an existing property located in central Champaign to incorporate native plants, fruit and vegetable plants, nature loose parts, natural climbing elements, a small prairie restoration project, and many wildlife and insect attractions.  The Sprouts team will be doing all installation and sourcing materials and plants from local sources.  Learn more about our history…

Sprouts is growing nature playground art school classes preschool daycare childcare champaign urbana mud party waldorf after school program children events kids family fun

Nature Playground Elements

The Sprouts Nature Playground will include a greenhouse, shade garden, rain garden, flower garden, and a fruit and vegetable garden for exploring types of plants, bugs, and discovering how different things grow.  It will also include a bird bath, bird feeders, bird houses, butterfly feeders, and insect houses and insect attracting plants for exploring habitats, wildlife and resources for living things.  Part of the Nature Playground will be a prairie restoration with native plants and grasses that are allowed to naturally fill the area, while another part has turf for running, jumping, and games.  A mud kitchen, rock fountain, dry creek bed, and pebble box will provide all types of sensory play in natural elements, and a stump jump, log walk, and boulder climb will add even more gross motor activities. 

The Sprouts is Growing project consists of three phases – the Nature Playground is just phase one!  Phase two and three will be announced in the coming months! Learn more…