For all of human history, children have played in trees. In trees, we find peace and reflection, we explore our limits, and experience hours of adventure. Are the trees growing near your home climbable? Do they offer solace on a stressful day, shade for quiet reading, or dead limbs and branches for building? There may be more opportunities for nearby nature play than you think.

This year the DNR is celebrating Arbor Day, April 25, and Arbor Month by encouraging families to play in natural settings such as your back yard, a nearby woodlot, or forested area.

2014 State Arbor Month Celebration & Tree Climbing Championship, Saturday, May 17, 9 a.m.–noon, Oak Hill Park, St. Louis Park

 

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