Natural Adventures Boxes
Engage preschoolers in exploring the natural world
Child-care providers are eligible to use four Natural Adventures Boxes at MetroParks throughout the region. These adventure boxes are designed to help facilitate self-guided park visits for groups of preschool-aged children. Participation in the Natural Adventures Box program provides not only access to the on-site box of tools but also to training that helps children conduct hands-on exploration of natural areas, while promoting outdoor active lifestyles.
Natural Adventure Boxes are located at Englewood, Germantown, Sugarcreek and Wesleyan MetroParks and include nets, containers and guides. They are available for use from June to August.
Attend a training session
One 3-hour training will give child-care providers the resources and knowledge needed to get kids outside and exploring this summer. This training, called Growing Up WILD, is a nationally recognized curriculum of nature-based activities for preschool-aged children. Training sessions are recognized by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and are Step Up to Quality approved. Watch our program calendar for upcoming training sessions.
Purchase a season pass
The Natural Adventures Boxes require a $75 season pass for use, which helps to replace well-worn or broken materials over time. With the purchase of a pass, child-care centers have unlimited use of the Natural Adventures Boxes, pending availability. Please contact Mickey at 937-279-6960 for payment information and to purchase a pass.
A child-care organization can receive a $25 discount on a season pass if a staff member plans to attend a Growing Up WILD training. If a staff member attended one of these training sessions in the past, the organization also qualifies for the discounted rate.
Reserve a Natural Adventure Box
Reservations are required for each use. Boxes are available for use from June to August. There is no charge to make a reservation. All boxes are locked with a combination lock, which changes annually. Child-care centers receive the code when they pay for their pass.