Colorado Playgrounds Are Looking More Natural

Playgrounds across Colorado have been redesigned with an emphasis on natural materials such as stumps and boulders instead of slides and swings as part of the ECHO program. ECHO or the Early Childhood Health Outdoors initiative is a joint venture of the National Wildlife Federation and the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University that brings the outdoors closer to children, making playing in nature easier for time-crunched families. The new play areas have given some kids their first experiences with the natural world.