Early birds may enjoy 1 free glass of beer or wine between 2:30 and 3pm (*over age 21 only)
Parking is limited to neighborhood street parking,
please consider walking or biking to this event.
See you there!
Please forward this email to as many folks as you can....especially if they are the kinda folks who like kids, nature, music, artOR amazing deals on silent auction items. (:
The Elm Tree is a preschool in North Boulder that has been serving area families for 29 years. Over the past two years we have been installing a new kind of playground in our backyard called a nature playscape. By doing so we hope to start arevolutionin the world of outdoor playgrounds; very soon we hope to bring this concept to children everywhere by transforming public parks and public school playgrounds into nature playscapes!
A nature playscape incorporates as many natural materials as possible instead of man-made ones, rather than a lone metal or plastic structure planted in the midst of a huge fall zone, children get to climb up hills, logs and boulders and wander through tall grasses, and vegetable and herb gardens. The emphasis is on helping children have real, meaningful interactions with nature so that life-long connections can be formed. All the research in recent years seems to suggest that children are more calm, engaged, cooperative and active in a nature playscape compared to traditional playgrounds. Features we have already installed from previous fundraisers include a chicken coop, willow hut, hill slide, veggie garden and greenhouse, outdoor art area, mosaic murals, boulder and logs for climbing, a dirt digging area and more!
The fundraiser is held in our playscape so not only will guests get to learn about the concept, they will be able to see one, and witness children playing joyfully in one! We structure this event like a mini-festival complete with face-painting, kid’s art and dance classes, a bouncy castle,artwalk featuring local artists, beer, wine and food, silent auction, raffle prizes and of course, live music all afternoon! With the funds raised we hope to finish the outdoor music stage (which will also be available for community events) as well as an outdoor "musical soundscape garden" consisting of instruments made out of recycled materials. Come join us in this amazing project!