Nature of Early Play is a woman-owned small business manufacturing recycled outdoor early childhood playground equipment in rural Somerset, Kentucky, providing jobs in our local community while offering "green" products on national and international levels. Our products are 100% made in the USA, and manufactured primarily from 100% recycled materials, averaging 85% recycled content per structure, by weight.
THE PRODUCT: To maintain a high level of integrity, dependability and quality while producing a world class product at affordable prices to the consumer. To provide children the opportunity of experiencing a safe, environmentally friendly, and creative place in which toplay and grow.
THE EMPLOYEE AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: To work together with our employees to create a safe, environmentally friendly and creative place in which each person has freedom to use his or her God-given gifts and abilities.
THE INCREASE: To use the increase to reinvest in Nature of Early Play's growth, to improve the quality of the lives of all employees, and to use a portion of the increase to advance God’s kingdom around the world.
At Nature of Early Play, our green-ness is more than skin-deep. Yes, our playground equipment is made from recycled materials. Our mission encompasses providing environmentally friendly products for the consumer, but beyond that, and more importantly, Nature of Early Play provides a healthy work environment for all employees and holds firmly to principles of corporate integrity - ethically, socially and environmentally.
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Years ago, Dennis and Rebecca Beach slept on a pull-out couch while their five children bunked in "cozy" quarters elsewhere in their two-bedroom trailer. The rolling hills and creeks of Woodstock, Kentucky had become home to the Beach family after migrating from Boulder,Colorado in 1978. Dennis's Landscape Architect degree and construction experience afforded him opportunities in a variety of carpentry odd-jobs. When a local PTA requested he build a playground, he undertook the project with characteristic energy and innovation. Years later, Beach family members are still actively directing the mission, vision and heart of this unique, family-owned and operated company.
Rebecca Beach's passion for connecting young children with nature in all its marvelous forms - by growing, observing and providing habitat for living things - has spilled over into our Nature of Early Play product designs. She raised five children in rural Kentucky and home-schooled them through high school and knows that children must develop their relationship with the natural world at an early age. It is her mission to help caregivers to provide small children with genuine experiences in nature, creating a foundation for their entire lives. She and her husband (co-owners of Nature of Early Play), spend their free time gardening, enjoying outdoor experiences with their grandchildren, hiking and appreciating their beautiful Colorado environment. Highlights of the year for Rebecca include family gatherings with seed to table food she prepares from their organic garden at the couple’s Colorado home with views of the "Front Range" of the Rockies.
Design Passion: Dennis Beach
Nature of Early Play's Co-Owner, Dennis Beach, is the definition of design and environmental conservation passion. His mind is continually challenged by redesigning everyday objects to make them more user friendly, more efficient or more esthetically pleasing. He is the driving force behind Nature of Early Play's streamlined play equipment, efficient use of materials and anatomical products. His second passion - photography - is evident throughout the pages of our catalogs. His obsession with cutting edge design renderings combines his detailed, technical knowledge with his practiced eye for beautiful images. Dennis and Rebecca's Colorado home is fully powered by Solar City‘s solar panels which produce an excess of solar energy fed back into the "grid", and Dennis enjoys teaching anyone who will listen about energy efficiency. Not surprisingly, all his children and grandchildren share his love for “tools”. Sleepovers with Grandpa often involve building or improving the design of sandboxes, bikes, etc!