Asheboro, NC - Nature play is the buzzword among those in the play business, and the N.C. Zoo has jumped on the bandwagon with KidZone.

The idea behind nature play is that kids aren't spending enough time outside, searching for tadpoles in the creek or getting dirty making mud pies. Experts and parents worry that they're losing out on that kind of unstructured play and not developing deep appreciations for the world around them.