The Nature of Play

Published on: August 9th, 2023

The Helen Schuler Nature Centre’s latest exhibit covers the wide world of play, exploring the universal experience of play in humans and other species. The Nature of Play was co-developed with Lethbridge Plays, a collaboration of local organizations and individuals working to promote the importance of prioritizing play in our community. The exhibit lives up to its name as visitors try out various forms of play, while learning about the benefits of each. The exhibit is organized into play stations with new ideas of how to incorporate play into daily lives. Examples of play displayed in wildlife are also featured, with opportunities to learn discover how play may form the skills and behaviours needed for survival.

“The Nature of Play explores the critical role that play has in learning and development, as well as overall health and wellness,” says Coreen Putman, Manager at Helen Schuler Nature Centre. “It’s also a great opportunity to take some time to rediscover the fun of playing!” 

The exhibit features both indoor and outdoor activities and displays. Interactive stations will be changed throughout the 6-month schedule of the exhibit and new elements will be added. Visitors are encouraged to check back and stay tuned as the opportunities for fun continue to evolve and change as the season changes. 

“Being a Nature Centre, we want visitors to be able to experience and enjoy exhibit pieces outdoors. We also know many people are visiting the park outside of our hours of operation,” continues Putman. “We have noticed that adults are much more likely to engage in the activities when they are out on the trails. There’s no pressure, feeling like someone is watching you!” 

The Nature of Play exhibit at the Helen Schuler Nature Centre makes a great destination for family groups and friends, as it promotes fun social and interactive opportunities. The exhibition is available 7 days a week through the month of August, from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Visit the Nature Centre’s Website for more information on the exhibit and to discover a wide range of resources designed to inspire you to add more play to your days.

Lethbridge Plays

The Nature of Play was developed in partnership with Lethbridge Plays. Learn more online at

The City of Lethbridge acknowledges that we are gathered on the lands of the Blackfoot people of the Canadian Plains and pays respect to the Blackfoot people past, present and future while recognizing and respecting their cultural heritage, beliefs and relationship to the land. The City of Lethbridge is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.