Mission & Vision

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. – Elizabeth Lawrence

At Greenplay Northwest we believe that childhood should be filled with magic, wonder, and a whole lot of play. We know that direct experiences in nature are essential to the health and well-being of all young children – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We also know that parents play a vital role in how young children connect to and learn about the world around them, and that they too, need nurturing and support.


To connect young children and their families to the splendor of the natural world, through advocacy, education, and environmental stewardship.


We envision a joyful learning community where all young children and their families are given the time and space to develop a meaningful relationship to the natural world, and each other, through wonder and play.

What We Do

Greenplay Northwest is part of the growing local and national movement to reconnect children to the important spaces and places of their childhoods – their backyards, the meadows, hills, watery ditches, and lush forests – where learning and knowing happens naturally.

We offer programs, services, and tools to help families balance and cope with the pressures of the modern world, by learning about and being in nature.

Specifically, we:

1.  Provide nature-based early learning programs that help young children develop a sense of
belonging and purpose in the world, and a deepened connection to the places where they live and

2. Educate parents, teachers, childcare providers, and the community about the importance of
unstructured, unhurried play, especially outdoors and in all seasons.

3. Support community efforts to develop and maintain beautiful, green spaces for families.