Nature discovery area opens at Aldergrove Regional ParkNature discovery area opens at Aldergrove Regional Park<div class="ExternalClassC2A7AD52F30B4AD6A8B6418635684E28"><p>Metro Vancouver has unveiled a new nature discovery area at Aldergrove Regional Park that focuses on family fun and is inspired by the geology, natural history and landscape character of the park.</p><p>The new discovery area, situated on the former Aldergrove Lake site, has been designed to deepen children’s relationships with nature. Children of all ages and abilities can explore and manipulate natural materials through a range of unstructured tactile and sensory experiences. </p><p>The nature discovery area was created as a microcosm of the park, featuring a thematic landscape that interprets the park’s distinct geological and natural history in a playful way. The park’s deglaciation, for instance, inspired a rocky lookout knoll with glacial erratic, sand and cobble play, and a boulder amphitheatre. This amphitheatre overlooks Pepin Brook and creates a valuable teaching space for Metro Vancouver’s park interpreters and partners, who lead nature-based school and group programs within the park. A carefully-crafted cedar root wad takes pride of place in the sand area.</p><p>Further inspiration is drawn from the park’s wildlife. A beaver lodge has been created where children are encouraged to “build like a beaver” and construct a lodge or dam. This form of loose-parts play encourages cooperation, problem solving and appreciation of the qualities of natural materials. The forest den takes its inspiration from coyotes and raccoons. Children can roll logs and look for bugs and are encouraged to “howl, yelp and yip” at the coyote howling station. The area also includes new trail connections, picnicking and gathering spaces as well as significant new plantings.</p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue52-aldergrove.jpg2019-04-29T07:00:00ZGP0|#d4fe6a3c-47a5-445e-9965-b575605eb9bd;L0|#0d4fe6a3c-47a5-445e-9965-b575605eb9bd|Issue 52;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClassC68AB0ABD26849C085CB00FF94FDB136"><p>​Metro Vancouver has unveiled a new nature discovery area at Aldergrove Regional Park that focuses on family fun and is inspired by the geology, natural history and landscape character of the park.</p></div>0