Conestee Nature Preserve to be the future home of South Carolina’s first “Nature Playscape” designed to enhance childhood access to outdoor learning
Wyche has announced a partnership with Conestee Nature Preserve to develop the state’s first “Nature Playscape” as the firm’s second Centennial Legacy Project. Designed to expand access and opportunities for children to interact with the Preserve’s environmentally significant greenspace and wildlife, the concept reimagines the playground experience, replacing traditional equipment with creatively designed features constructed from nature. This “playground without playground equipment” will encourage children to connect with nature as they engage their senses to explore, discover, and learn. Additionally, the “Nature Playscape” will be built using sustainable methods to reduce environmental impact and carbon footprint.
The Conestee Nature Preserve “Nature Playscape” will add Greenville, SC to a growing list of cities providing unique access to childhood environmental exploration. San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, St. Louis’s Forest Park, and Kalamazoo’s Bronson Park are among the list of similar playgrounds to engage children.
“The Conestee Nature Preserve ‘Nature Playscape’ will provide children with the opportunity to build log and stick forts and climb through vine tunnels, created from materials found in the Preserve. And the Playscape will be discreetly fenced in, so parents can let their kids get wet and muddy in the man-made stream, in a controlled, yet natural setting. We’re excited to partner with Wyche to offer this access to families in the Upstate,” said Michael Corley, Executive Director of Conestee Nature Preserve.
“Increasing access and opportunities for enjoying and exploring nature is in Wyche’s DNA. It’s impossible to celebrate Wyche’s century of existence without honoring our legacy of environmental stewardship. The Conestee Nature Preserve ‘Nature Playscape’ is a unique opportunity to inspire future generations of environmental conservationists and outdoor enthusiasts, while also supporting an initiative that provides equitable access to nature for children, aiding in the developmental benefits associated with experiencing the outdoors,” said Rita Bolt Barker, Shareholder and Environmental Attorney at Wyche, P.A.
In celebration of its one hundredth anniversary, Wyche launched its Centennial Legacy Project as a year-long initiative to celebrate and continue its history of legal and community leadership. The Conestee Nature Preserve Playscape joins the Greenville Center for Creative Arts “City of Women” exhibit as projects Wyche has selected for the initiative. Throughout its Centennial Celebration, Wyche will support projects across the state that advance the four pillars that have defined the firm and that continue to form its vision for the future: Advancing the Business Community, Societal Impact, Community Transformation, and Environmental Stewardship.
Wyche is a full-service law firm that has practiced law and served the community for 100 years. In that time, Wyche has participated in landmark litigation, served as counsel on cutting-edge transactions, and provided community leadership that has helped shape and drive our region’s growth and success. With offices in Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia, Wyche is the South Carolina member of Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms.