No plastic slides or swings here – the Pines Wild Play Area is straight out of nature. Kids can climb on a tipped up tree, play with piles of sticks, or beat on log drums in this perfectly natural clearing in the woods. And we can only guess what kids’ imaginations might dream up. The video below shows a junior-sized Wild Walk built by young visitors to the Pines – it’s a veritable treasure trove of youthful creativity. Children who come to The Wild Center regularly make the Pines Play Area their first stop. There’s a nearby area for adults to sit comfortably while their kids explore. The Pines was dedicated in 2009 by Richard Louv, the leader of a national movement to let children reconnect to nature.