Shepard Nature Play Space

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The Montana Audubon Center is the proud home of Billings’ first public, ADA accessible Nature Play Space for the community. A Nature Play Space provides a space where children can play outside and connect with nature in a safe, unstructured manner. Nature play improves the physical and emotional health of childern, and complements important mental and social development stepping stones.

To bring back youth to nature, Nature Play areas are outdoor spaces designated for play that are made of natural components such as logs, water, sand, mud boulders, hills and trees. These components repres

ent the larger wild environment in a way that feels safe and manageable by young visitors. A few man-made components are also carefully integrated to support creative play, encourage confident exploration and help children develop long-lasting affinity for the natural world.

The Nature Play Area was developed along with stakeholders and partners including local community members, parents, teachers, children, and funding partners. Major site work was done by Good Earth Works and our primary Center partner, the Yellowstone River Parks Association.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Major Sponsor ($20,000-$10,000)

Nick Cladis

Phillips 66

Harry L. Willett Foundation

Trail Sponsors ($9,999-$5,000)

West Billings Rotary

Peaks to Plains

Event Sponsors ($4,999-$1,000)

Arrow Solutions

Billings Community Foundation

Bev Ross

Dr. Michelle Spenny

Good Earth Works

Lucky’s Market

Montana Dakota

Stillwater Mining

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