Dotson Back 40
Nature is a child’s first playground
The Dotson Back 40 beckons children to romp in its green space. All the elements for nature play are here: tree stumps and hollows, arching branches, water to pump, boulders, knolls to climb and roll down. This area is rich with sticks and burlap, stones and buckets, leaves and logs that inspire building and design, investigating, and storytelling. With edible plants growing throughout, water produced by children activating a hand pump, sand, dirt, and mud if you choose, the Dotson Back 40 offers fenced-in freedom for the whole family.
This exhibit is great for...
exploration and freedom in grassy spaces and outdoor places.
Three Sisters Garden
Rooted in Native American history (Iroquois, otherwise known as Haudenosaunee pronounced Ho-deh-no-shaw-nee) crops of corn, beans and squash are known as “The Three Sisters” represent the most important crops.
Three Sisters Garden relies on natural relationships between crops to help each other grow and flourish. The different seeds are all planted together in the same mound.
This work is funded in part through grant support provided by the Xcel Energy Foundation.