The Play Trail is a fenced-in acre of land designed for young children (ages 7 years and under) to explore nature and engage in unstructured free play. This area features play spaces created from natural materials and encourages imaginary play. Some of the structures include a Mud Kitchen with the “Dirty Bistro,” Dig to China (where children unearth “dinosaur bones”), Dales Creek, Tiny House Mountain, a Haiku Bird House, and our newest feature, The Roto-Rain Recycler. We incorporate the Play Trail in our Early Education Programs and also make it available to families free of charge.
Play Trail Guidelines
Group visits to the play trail
Groups visiting Boxerwood must contact us at least three weeks in advance. We can let you know if the area is open or reserved and any fees associated with the visit.
The Play Trail is a lovely place for families with young children to celebrate their birthdays. This option is available to all Boxerwood members and must be scheduled with at least two weeks advance notice.
Please note that cake and gift-giving activities should take place under the pavilion across from the barn so that other families with children on the Play Trail will not feel left out. When planning your event, please remember our wildlife friendly no balloon policy.
Camp is a great way to befriend one another and the Earth. Every summer, Boxerwood offers day camps for children from ages 4 to 10 to enjoy playing on our shady grounds, in the community, hiking trails and even rivers!
Our camps all share core traits that we think are essential for kids: an emphasis on community-making, adventures, creativity, service, wildness, wonder, scientific investigations, and play.
We’re also providing several contractual camps for Rockbridge and surrounding county children. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in these programs.
camp or scout questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding camp availability, scholarships, or programing. We would be happy to help.