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Natural Playground

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Houston's Natural Playground is anything but a traditional playground—and kids love it. It was designed by the Natural Playground Company specifically for our site. Construction began in 2012, the ribbon cutting was held in 2013.

Children can hide in the stone caves, crawl through a tunnel made of Oneota dolomite slabs, climb boulders in the enormous sand play area or on the side of the ten-foot tall hill. They can pump water down a sluice, scale a wooden climbing wall, walk a labyrinth, tell time using their shadow, go down a slide set into the side of the hill, get into an oversized nest with a four foot tall owl, or buid a fort with straw bales.

The entire playground is a full acre in size, so can easily accommodate school classes, daycares, and other large groups.

Exploring a Cave small Hiding in straw bales (c) Audrey Alfson

Pumping Water

    Owl Sculpture



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The International Owl Center advances the survival of wild owl populations through education and research. We plan to accomplish our mission through biological and cultural programs and displays, green building design, citizen-science and other research, international exchange of information, the World Owl Hall of Fame, the International Festival of Owls, and other means.

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