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Oak Park Nature Project

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Fun in the sun on the playground is going back to nature thanks to a project that's underway by the Minot Forestry Department.

Work is underway to create a natural playground inside the Camp Owetti.

Dead trees are being clear away so forestry crews create the natural playground areas for the kids.

Six different areas will have stations ranging from a log tunnel, log balance beam, a look out center, a log fort and a trail.

Colette Arneson says the Camp Owetti area of Oak Park has a lot to offer for all ages and this is one fun way to introduce kids back to nature.

(Colette Arneson, Minot Forestry Department) "The biggest part is we want kids to be introduced to nature so we're trying to keep as much of the natural landscape as possible. I think most people walk through here and enjoy the sounds and smells of nature. They can hear the birds and the leaves rustling it's peaceful it's quiet. They feel at home. This is the like the back yard people wished they had."

The Natural Playground is set to open on Arbor Day 2014 which is April 25th.

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