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Get out and play! Seeing animals up close, taking a walk in the woods, finding interesting leaves and flowers and bugs, playing in the mud or in a stream, climbing trees, looking at clouds, or just running around a local park or the backyard – these are some of the many ways children can experience the wonders of the natural world. This kind of direct experience builds a love and understanding of nature, which in turn builds motivation to protect it.

Learn more about the importance of nature play and why AZA-accredited institutions are getting involved. And get your family outdoors!


Get Out and Play!


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Whether it’s photos of your family’s trip to a zoo or aquarium, a hot tip about a great outdoor play spot, or a fun activity idea, we want to hear from you! Parents/guardians: Connect with us on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Don’t forget to use #AZANaturePlay. Send us an email.