Tucked into upland forest along the Upland Walk, Paw Paw Playground is a nature playspace, a special place for children to enjoy creative outdoor play.
In contrast to traditional playgrounds, nature playspaces are made almost entirely of natural materials. Designed and constructed by a local Eagle Scout with a keen interest in Native American lore, the playspace features two wigwams, a turtle-shaped tree stump ring, a snake balance beam, and more.
As a museum in the Let’s Move! network, an initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, the Arboretum is committed to promoting healthy physical activity for children and families. Paw Paw Playground is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Use of the playground is free with Arboretum admission.