BY5’s Annual ‘Nature Play Days’ Event Moved to At-Home Activities

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By: Melissa Jones—

MUNCIE, INEvery summer, Muncie & Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative hosts a series of community events as part of Nature Play Days, a state-wide event put together by Indiana Children and Nature Network. However, due to health and safety concerns, BY5 has announced that this year’s Nature Play Days—which run from June 6 through June 14—will consist of daily activities families can complete at home. 

“Due to COVID-19, Nature Play Days look a little different this year,” said Missy Modesitt, executive director of BY5. “Instead of several community activities, we’ve put together a list of at-home activities so families can still reap the benefits of outdoor play while staying safe.” 

Families who complete at least three of BY5’s seven provided activities can enter to win a prize. From identifying birds to drawing with sidewalk chalk, Modesitt said the range of activities means there is something for everyone. 

“Whether you’re a total screen junkie or an outdoor pro, you can find activities that fit your lifestyle, schedule and comfort zone,” she said. 

For a complete list of activities and to learn more about Nature Play Days, visit 


About BY5 

BY5 is the leading organization in Muncie and Delaware County for promoting early childhood awareness. The organization strives to improve the opportunities available to children up to age 5. As a result of task force and volunteer opportunities, BY5 has been able to implement several strategies to aid children in reaching their developmental potential. To learn more, visit