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, to name a few. 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 vary from 4 to 10 days and 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 children from Enderly Heights ES, Big Island ES, and the Rockbridge YMCA. Please contact us if you are interested in taking part in these programs.
2017 SUmmer Camps
What does nature do for us? We will explore the unique ways that nature helps feed us, helps us breathe, cleans our water, and much more!
August session: August 7-11, for children ages 4 years to rising 3rd graders (2017-2018 school year)
Monday-Friday, from 8:30-1:00
It’s natural to recycle! Campers at Boxerwood will learn how nature recycles and keeps the world clean. We will learn how to help reduce our impact on the environment. Filled with lots of hands-on learning, the week will culminate with a Trashion Fashion and Art Show on Friday!
June Session I: June 5-9, for preschoolers ages 4-5
June Session II: June 12-16, for children currently enrolled in Grades K-2 (2016-2017 school year)
Monday-Friday, from 8:30-1:00
Scouts and Youth Groups
Boxerwood welcomes Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops for troop outings, projects, and individual badge achievement. We work closely with scout groups to offer kids an enriching opportunity while enjoying nature. Past projects were not only enjoyable but also extremely important to the garden and our landscape.
camp or scout questions?
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding camp availability, scholarships, or programing. We would be happy to help.