New Nature Explore Playgrounds

We are excited to announce that the playgrounds at our Downtown and Beacon Learning Programs will be transformed into nature-themed playgrounds. Construction at Beacon has recently started, and construction Downtown will start this winter after we raise the final funds needed.


When children spend time in nature, it provides many benefits, including facilitating social development and well-being, improving physical fitness, supporting creativity and imaginative play, inspiring collaborative play, reducing violence, bullying, stress, and creating empathy for plants and animals.


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What will these new playgrounds feature?

With 11 different areas for play, this new transformation will prove to be a wonderful space for the children of ECA!

These areas will focus on:
  • Building
  • Climbing and Crawling
  • Dirt Digging 
  • Garden 
  • Gathering/Sensory 
  • Messy Materials 
  • Music & Movement 
  • Nature Art 
  • Sand 
  • Water 
  • Wheeled Toy Track

See The Plans*

Beacon Location
2125 Beacon St, Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Downtown Location
516 E. Wayne St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802

Thank You,

From all of us at,
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Plus, a special thank you...

…to the following supporters, without your generosity, we wouldn’t have made it this far.
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McMillen Foundation
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Doermer Family Foundation