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S5 Episode 03: Nature Play for Young Children

Knoch Knolls Nature Center Manager Angelique Harshman and Naturalist Barbara Vrchota talk about a new program for young children, Nature Playtime, and other ways for busy families to enjoy nature.

This episode is part of Series 5: Parks, Recreation and Health.   For a list of ParkTalk episodes and series and to submit ideas and questions, visit

Quote from the episode:

“We want to connect children to nature, and children learn by playing….and I think (the Nature Playtime program) is great, too for the parents.  Our world is so fast-paced, and it helps you to slow down… enjoy being out in nature and just observe your child.” Angelique Harshman

For more information:

Here's a blog post with ideas for playing in nature and how it benefits you and your kids:

Learn more about Nature Playtime and how to register:

View the Knoch Knolls Nature Center website for more activities, visiting hours, nature blog and more.

Check out a new map of nature spots to visit around the Chicagoland area here.

Knoch Knolls Nature Center

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