Forest Park Natural Playscape Mobile Engagement Station
Introducing the Mobile Engagement Station for St. Louis's Forest Park Natural Playscape Project!
The Mobile Engagement Station (MES) is a custom-built activity table that travels to community spaces around St. Louis. Designed with Citizen Carpentry, it has helped us engage youths of all ages and backgrounds in the natural playscape's design. The portable activity table folds out to reveal a simple map of the project site and its surroundings. Table leafs provide a working surface to host a variety of hands-on design activities.
Presently, the MES hosts a collage activity. Modeled on colorforms, it invites participants to select a photo and "design a place that looks like fun" using reusable decals depicting a variety of natural objects and play activities.
MES events are run by the natural playscape Outreach Team, which is composed of area high school and college students. The team travels with MES around the city to help facilitate engagement activities with the kids of St. Louis and help them express and visualize their ideas.