What is Sparrow’s Nest Play?

A child's hands making a bird feeder out of a pine cone, peanut butter, and birdseed.A child's hands making a bird feeder out of a pine cone, peanut butter, and birdseed.

Sparrow’s Nest Play is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) nature play care program, seeking to nurture children through peace teaching, creation care, conflict resolution, and community.  We currently offer afternoon enrichment activities, and hope to add weekend mini-camps, and week long day camps in the near future. 

The environment offered to children through Sparrow’s Nest Play will benefit them and their families by providing an enrichment program designed to teach care for nature and our communities through a uniquely peaceful perspective, and the opportunity for them to have experiences and learn skills that many children raised in urban contexts may never get to have. 

Our Mission:

While Sparrow’s Nest Play programs are not “religious” programs and are open to children from all backgrounds regardless of whether they come from a faith tradition or which faith tradition they come from, it’s fair to say that Sparrow’s Nest Play is an extension of the faith of its founding team. Our mission statement:

Based on Psalm 84:3 “Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young—a place near your altar…,” and the Christian teaching that God cares even for the sparrows who fall to the ground (Mt 10:29-31), children at Sparrow’s Nest Play will find a safe place to experience love and care for all people and for creation. 

Sparrow’s Nest play mission statement


Children at Sparrow’s Nest Play will: 

  1. Have a safe place to learn and grow.
  2. Learn to care for creation through sustainable agricultural and consumer practices.
  3. Learn the value of small things, such as small acts of love, kindness, and justice. 
  4. Experience being part of a membership with one another and with creation. 
  5. Develop and practice tools for peacemaking and reconciliation.