Westport: Leonard Schine Preserve & Children's Natural Playground

 

20 acres Preserved 1967
Glendinning Pl., off Rt. 57
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About Leonard Schine Preserve & Children's Natural Playground
The Land Trusts first preserve, the Leonard Schine Preserve was donated by Ralph Glendinning in 1967 and originally called Twin Bridges Nature Preserve. The preserve was renamed in 1983 to Leonard Schine Preserve. Leonard Schine, one of ALTs founders, was a lawyer who Westport resident Barlow Cutler-Wotton called on to help research and create the Land Trust. Look for some glacial kettles on the eastern portion of the property. Glacial kettles are formed when blocks of ice calve off the front of a glacier and get buried and covered. After the ice melts a hole/depression (kettle) remains.

 

 

NATURAL PLAYGROUND 2010 - This preserve hosts the areas first hands-on natural playground. Officially open in June 2010, the playground, designed for children ages 3-7 and built with natural materials found on the preserve, was inspired by a similar playground at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. It comprises approximately 10,000 square feet in a meadow and has areas for fort building, digging, tea-parties, tower-climbing, trail-walking, stick-stacking, nature collages and more! There is even an elvin village where younger visitors can play with pine cone dolls, honing both their imaginations and their fine motor skills. This is a great place to meet for a play date or to bring the grandchildren!

The Natural Playground was voted one of the Top 50 Playgrounds in the U.S. by Early Childhood Education Zone.

All of the play areas have been constructed out of natural materials, primarily red cedar, found natively in the Leonard Schine Preserve, and sticks, logs, saplings, pine cones and acorns collected by a volunteer corps made up of Land Trust members, and of nearby businesses, including DLTC USA, a local landscape company owned by Westport resident Jon Sweeney which donates tree maintenance services to this preserve. Many volunteers built this amazing place through which children and parents will explore nature for years to come.

For a family hike exploration Leonard Schine Preserve & Children's Natural Playground, click here.

Trail Steward:  Pete Wolgast

Directions & Parking:
Located off of Weston Road (Rt. 57 in Westport). Park on Glendinning Road (private road), which is located 1/10 mile North of Lyons Plains Road (before W. Branch Rd Extension). Look for the preserve sign on the right at roadside parking area.