Natural Playscapes

Ignite a passion for nature and a sense of adventure with all natural playscapes.

“Nature is important to children’s development in every major way – intellectually, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and physically.” -Stephen R. Kellert

Some of the best childhood memories are ones made while playing with friends outside, pretending to be explorers, travelers and scientists. In today’s day in age, it’s so much harder for children to have those same experiences when parks and playgrounds are filled with manufactured, instructional objects and playsets. Here at R&D Landscape, we believe that there are immeasurable psychological, emotional and relational benefits of allowing children to engage with nature and the outdoors, and we have found a way to capture and facilitate that with all natural play area design.

Natural Playscape Services

Natural playscape design is one of our newest and most exciting landscaping services at R&D Landscape. These natural play areas utilize natural features and resources such as rocks, trees, hills, and water to create objects and obstacles that encourage children to engage with the natural environment around them. By strategically shaping and designing playful elements out of natural objects such as hollowed out logs or low-grade hills, our designs allow children to play unassigned and uninstructed, encouraging creative play with nature and each other.

Contrary to conventional playgrounds, natural playgrounds are designed to look and feel like a natural environment. Children are challenged to use their imagination, gross motor skills and problem solving skills and to interact with each other. Studies have even found that children experience lowered stress levels, reduced attention disorders, heightened social interaction and a stronger sense independence from interacting with natural playscapes. We have children of our own, and we know the importance of safety, so we make it priority to comply with playground specifications and safety standards for our natural playscape projects.

Natural Playscape Materials & Features

  • Treehouses
  • Tree Climbing Poles
  • Log Cars
  • Tunnels
  • Stepping Stones
  • Plants
  • Rolling Hills
  • Sand
  • Water

Who We Serve

  • Schools
  • Residential
  • Condominiums
  • Apartments
  • Municipalities
  • Parks

Our natural play area design projects are often a complement to landscape design and installation projects, including a landscape design refresh or renovation, or a stand-alone venture. Get a Quote Today »

How it Works

Each natural playscape project starts with an consultation, where we get to know you and understand your goals and vision for your natural play area. After we gain an understanding of your overall vision, what types of features you’d like to include, the space available to work with, and estimated budget, we will provide you with customized designs to start bringing your idea to life. Once we’ve settled on a plan, we will get to work.


Why R&D Landscape?

We love this stuff. We love sharing our passion for the outdoors by creating spaces that others can enjoy and stirring up a sense of adventure in a way that only nature can. While designing and creating natural playscapes is a creative reflection of our love for the outdoors at R&D Landscape of Lansing, Michigan, developing relationships with people and helping them create a space that inspires them is what makes what we do everyday worth it.