View our 2016 schedule of playgroups here!


Connecting children and families to Northwoods nature through free play experiences that inspire wonder, discovery, and responsibility.


Nature play encourages children to learn about the wonders and secrets of the natural world.

The Wayside Wanderings Natural Play Area provides creative play, which has been shown to:

  • Foster a love and appreciation for nature.
  • Foster a sense of place.
  • Encourage community and social development.
  • Promote healthy lifestyles.
  • Enhance academic achievement.
  • Counteract Nature Deficit Disorder.
  • Reduce some symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Become a member of the Wayside Wanderings Natural Play Area to enjoy free access to the site even when there isn’t a program scheduled!

Sign the Release of Liability waiver that the Cable Natural History Museum provides, read the brochure, and you are considered a member—free of charge!

Note: We do require the signature of a parent or legal guardian.

View the waiver here.

View the map here.

View the brochure below:

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